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How to make commuting work for you

For all our commuting students, this one is for you!

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Commuting into uni every day can be absolutely exhausting, especially if you have to commute from far away. Here are some tips to help you manage, and to make commuting work.

 

Make the best use of your time on campus

 

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If you have a spare hour or two between lectures, go to the library and get some work done. Whether it’s reading or writing an essay, if you do it now, you won’t have to do it when you get home. If you’re spending hours travelling every day, your time is precious.

 

Listen to music on the way to and from uni

 

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To put you in a great mind-set, play some music in your car, or listen to your iPod on the train. Great music can change your entire outlook for the day. You could even get a meditation album so you can unwind if you travel by train.

 

Be productive on the train

 

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If you commute on the train, you could use that time for some work. If you bring your laptop you could get some research or part of your essay done, or can use the time for reading. There’s something special about reading on a train!

 

Relax when you get home

 

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Make sure when you get home, that you take this time to look after yourself! You’ve most likely had an excruciatingly long day, and now is the time to relax. Run a hot bath, watch a film, and have a glass of wine. This is the time to unwind, so you’re mentally prepared to do it all again tomorrow.

 

Make time for breakfast

 

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need to give yourself energy and nutrients, especially if you’re going to be driving – it will help you go through the day, and keep you focussed.

 

Cook in advance

 

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It’s tempting when you get home late at night to order a takeaway. But if at the weekends you spend some time cooking meals for the week, when you get home you can just grab one out of the freezer and microwave it. Easy! You could also make yourself a packed lunch the day before you go in.

 

Make time for your family and friends

 

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Your family and friends are your support network. Spending time with them can completely lift your mood, and make everything seem easier. Whether it’s making sure you and your family eat dinner together, or watching some TV together, or even just a quick chat, it can make all the difference.

 

We have every faith in you, and know you can do this. Good luck!

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