orders fade away, many Americans are facing the return of the dreaded commute. For the last 40 years, travel times and distances to and from work in the country have gotten longer and longer, and our depression and stress levels have risen along with them.
Studies have shown that commutes as short as 10 miles can significantly reduce a person’s mental and physical well-being. According to data analyzed by
says commutes can increase blood pressure, make you more susceptible to respiratory illness, deteriorate your posture and diet, and weaken your mental health.
Almost all of these effects are caused by increased stress. A longer commute means less time to exercise, cook healthy meals, and spend time with family. On top of that, the unpredictability and boredom of driving in rush-hour traffic has been proven to lower life satisfaction.
But all these side-effects don’t make commuters a lost cause. Healthlinesays listening to music or podcasts, varying your route, and keeping your car clean can all reduce the negative by-products of a long commute.
Only Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming have average commuting distance below 20 miles. Still, there are ways to minimize how much your commute costs you without moving to a different state.
If you’re open to making big changes, switching jobs or moving closer to work can benefit your life in ways you didn’t expect. The reduced stress of a shorter commute can improve the health of your body, your mind, and your relationships.
But if you’re not ready to take such a giant leap, there are other ways to lower driving costs. One of the easiest things you can do is shop around for a better deal on
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"B.A., English Literature, MedAndrew Koole is an insurance writer who specializes in writing automotive news articles. Andrew’s mission is to create informative and instructional content car owners can use to reduce costs, master repair skills, and learn more about the automotive industry. Andrew has published over 600 articles for Jerry on topics ranging from automaker history to car insurance deductibles. Before joining Jerry in 2021, Andrew split his time between freelance writing in the entertainment and travel industries and creative writing in poetry and fiction. His writing is featured on a variety of arts and travel websites, including his own Ponytail Press.