Archive for April, 2010

How to Survive a Stressful Commute
April 27, 2010

Stress Reduction for Busy People: Finding Peace in an Anxious World

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live More.

“Let’s face it one of the most stressful activities we do can be driving. Rather it’s the daily commute to work, drop-off and pick-up at our children’s schools or trying to maneuver the mall parking lot on a Saturday. We spend so much time in our cars it is no wonder driving stress is such a big deal.

  • Gum, don’t leave home with out it. Sugar free or not, it does not matter, it is act of chewing that calms the brain. Mint flavored gum especially peppermint seems to be very popular for stress relief.
  • Travel with some drinking water. Drinking water has been known to have a calming effect on the nerves. Besides can you drink too much water?
  • Have calming scents in the car. Mint, lavender and vanilla are all calming and soothing smells. Find a scent your really love, that calms your nerves and keep it fresh in your car with a plug in or air freshener.
  • Happy thoughts. When things start to get stressful during your drive, think of something simple and happy. A happy thought is bound to bring a smile to your face and help counteract the stressful things you have no control over going on outside your car.
  • Don’t forget the IPod or tape or CD of your favorite calming music. They say music soothes the soul, so don’t be afraid to blast your favorite tunes no matter how corny your kids say you are. It you feel like singing along, go ahead, who cares what they folks in the cars around you think. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road as you belt out your favorite ABBA song.”

While stress reducing tips can help, wouldn’t it be better to alleviate the problem all together? If long commutes to work are affecting your quality of life, then consider a home exchange at Commuter Swap. Swap you home with another commuter whose commute is as miserable as yours. Live closer to your job and find permanent stress relief for the daily commute and a better quality of life.

source: associatedcontent – http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2846660/10_tips_to_surviving_a_stressful_driving.html?cat=5
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Get Ready for the “New Urban” Century
April 20, 2010

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live More.

“In Charlotte, North Carolina, commuters zip along a sparkling new light rail system into a booming downtown district.

In Sacramento, California, construction workers hammer away at the next generation of green buildings.

And in New York City, rush-hour commuters pedal across popular bike paths that have spread like kudzu across the metropolis.

Those snapshots from cities across America offer a glimpse of the future. Americans are rebuilding their cities and communities to make people, not cars, the center of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

What’s on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes.

What’s now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts.”

A revival of the city is long overdue. However, many people are stuck in the “outer burbs” because living near the city is too expensive. Stagnant wages and exorbitant housing costs have pushed people further away form the city and unfortunately urban planning can’t change the fact that we are in a new economic reality.

Selling your home to move into the city may not be economically feasible, but you can still live closer to the city by swapping your home at Commuter Swap. Live and work closer to the city and experience the great “urban” revival firsthand.

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/infrastructure.rebuild/index.html?hpt=C1

Fear over Flex-Time
April 13, 2010

Cube Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live More.

“Most employees feel there is more pressure than usual to be in the office. They feel as if that jacket needs to be on the back of their office chair at 8 at night because everyone is trying to prove that they’re indispensable.

Blame it on the recession. Flex-time employees, those who work alternate schedules that included working at home or around their children’s school hours, have become more skittish. Those who work outside the workplace often feel as if they’re not growing. Stay-at-home workers often work longer hours than their on-site counterparts, but some are not sure their colleagues know.”

While telecommuting is a great concept it doesn’t change the fact that most managers want to see their employees “working” in the office. The problem is getting to the office, which is usually tedious at best. For those who have looked at telecommuting as an option to ease their commute, there is a better solution – Commuter Swap. By living closer to your workplace, you’ll have less of a commute and still be able to participate fully in the office environment. Keeping both you and your boss happy!

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/03/29/flex.time/index.html?hpt=C1

Save the Planet and Yourself – Green Biz Tips for Earth Day 2010
April 8, 2010

Our Global Environment A Health Perspective, Edition: 6

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live Greener.

“Earth Day 2010 is fast approaching, and the next few weeks will see a flood of activities and events as nearly one billion people across the globe prepare and plan for what organizers hope are “a billion acts of green”.

Of course, Earth Day is about more than one day – April 22 – and for 40 years the event (now the largest secular civic event in the world) has focused on mobilizing individuals, communities and businesses to become consistently engaged and active in the environmental movement.”

At Commuter Swap “Going Green” takes on added meaning. We promote a healthier lifestyle and planet by lessening the negative impact that a long commute has on the environment and the individual. By living closer to your job, instead of commuting long distances to work, you’re not only helping to save the planet, but you’re also helping to improve your well-being. Now that’s a true a win-win.

source: Business.gov – http://community2.business.gov/t5/Small-Business-Matters/When-it-Comes-to-Green-Business-Entrepreneurs-are-the-Mother-of/ba-p/18801