Monday, 07 November 2011
I've always considered commute time when applying for (and accepting) job opportunities. While I'll really travel anywhere in the world, I don't want my commute to be too long; not only does a long commute diminish your social life, but it is physically exhausting to work eight or more hours when you tag a long commute to the start and end of your day.
Many people give me slack for complaining about my 120+ minute daily commute, but I'm happy to report that HuffPost has got my back on this one. According to a new report, your daily commute to work can *actually* damage your health.
I take the bus - more than an hour each way - every day to get to/from work. So when I read the opening of this article, I was drawn.
HuffPost writes, "If your daily commute involves your car, the subway or a bus, a new study suggests the trip may be linked with extra stress, exhaustion, poor sleep and possibly even an increase in missed work days."
The article even went on to say that "researchers found that women's commutes were generally shorter than men's, but that women's psychological health was more affected by the commute than men's."
This makes me think - could commute-related stress/health issues be addressed by insurance companies? Is it possible to track health problems back to your commute? I'm not sure of the answers to either of these questions, but it would be interesting to learn why or why not.
To some people, this may seem like a "DUH!!!" post, but hear me out. How often do you consider your commute and its connection to your health? Many people consider commute time when they're looking for a job, but is it because they're considering possible health issues, or is it because they don't want to set the alarm for 6 AM? I'm not sure.
I do know one thing for sure: since I started my daily 120+ minute commute, I've been more exhausted/cranky than ever, and my mind is all over the place.
What do you think about this article? Do you consider possible commute-induced health problems when looking for jobs? Is your current commute hurting your health?