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Why the End-of-day Commute is the Worst 30 Minutes (or so) of Your Life

It's the commute home FROM work that really does you in

Your day starts off just fine. It's a little rushed in the morning but everyone gets out the door on time and you get to work (with a quick stop at Tim Hortons of course).

Why is that?

It's not always easy to tell while you are in the vehicle driving home but here's what we think

  • Your day at work can sometimes build up stress. Bosses are annoying, coworkers are far from perfect, customers can be demanding, and you're reminded by the end of the day that you don’t get paid enough to do what you do
  • You're thinking about the project that you wanted to finish today but didn't get a chance to do and you'll have to rush it a bit tomorrow morning to have it ready
  • You haven't eaten well since lunch (maybe a snack in the afternoon but it was a sugary snack, wasn't it? So it means you might be on a slight sugar crash). So you're slightly hungry and your body sugar is low
  • You're tired. Heck, we're all tired
  • You know that once you get home, you still have to fight with the kids to do their homework and you have to make something for supper
  • Real Housewives of Vancouver is on tonight and you're thinking about that
  • Everyone else who is driving on the road around you is feeling the same way. Everyone wants to get home fast and there's usually someone driving REALLY slow up ahead
  • Then you hit a red light and your desire to get home is momentarily halted
  • Then you hit another red light
  • Then another
  • Then someone cuts you off
  • Oh, and it's super-hot in the summer and super-cold in the winter

The bottom line? You want to be home with your family and instead you are in the last place on earth that appreciates how hard of a day you've had.

That's why the end of day commute is so rough.

During these times, it's easy to let your emotions get the better of you

It's easy to yell and scream and shake your fist and lash out at other drivers… and even drive vindictively. But that is always the wrong response. As cathartic as it feels to do those things, that is never the right response.

Frankly, it's easy to say (and probably easy for you to agree with while you are sitting at your computer) but it is much harder to do in practice. So the best thing you can do is find a way to remind yourself to take it easy while driving on the ride home.

Hey, it's the end of the day and there's no need to make it worse. Why not find a few ways to make that part of your day just a little bit better?

DISCLAIMER: This article is presented for informational purposes only and should not be seen as any kind of advice. The information provided herein or linked to via this article is 'as is' with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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