We’re taking bright spots wherever we can find them these days. And for many people, one small relief of new work-from-home life is no longer having to deal with rush-hour traffic or a crowded subway car.
But as we noted in a Forge Daily Tip earlier this summer, there’s value in that in-between time — the window each morning when you can slowly warm up your brain and greet the day as a person before you become an employee. When your commute is the 15 seconds it takes to get from bed to desk, that buffer becomes uncomfortably thin.
So stretch it out again. Just because you’re no longer spending time in transit doesn’t mean you can’t still take that time to just be. Grab your coffee, pull out your phone, and let yourself read something that has absolutely nothing to do with the workday ahead, purely for your own pleasure. Here are three suggestions to get you started.
If you used to spend your commute….
…relishing those last few moments of zoning out before work stress kicks in, here’s a technique for staying relaxed:
Relaxing Your Muscles Can Relax Your Mind
Progressive muscle relaxation therapy is one of the simplest science-backed treatments for anxiety
…with your headphones on and the volume up, here’s some inspiration for your next playlist:
…getting lost in a longread and almost missing your stop, here’s quite possibly the only election-related story of 2020 that’s too much fun to put down:
What I Learned While Looking for Love at Democratic Campaign Stops
The conventions were supposed to be my deadline for finding a boyfriend
Just like old times, minus the part about having to stand with your face jammed against someone else’s armpit.