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https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200519-why-you-might-be-missing-your-commute

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Why you might be missing your commute
Nobody likes commuting – but with many of us now working at home, are we realising that the journey to and from the office served a useful psychological purpose?

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The stress of commuting

The stress of commuting

The journey to work is often more stressful than the work itself. Surveys and studies have found that commuting is people’s least favorite activity. But now, with many of us at home and commutes on...

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Transitional buffer

A new study examines the function of the commute as a psychological gateway between home and work.

The daily commute serves as a "role-clarifying prospection" - it gives y...

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Commuting creates opportunities

Commuting allows employees to engage in some degree of prospection about work. Perhaps the commute also offers an opportunity to engage in deeper levels of creativity.

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    Replacing the commute

    Many are starting to miss the sanctuary of their car on their long commutes to work, where they could eat in calm or catch up on calls and messages.

    To adjust to the new working-from- home ...

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    • Create boundaries within your home that your family members understand when you're 'at work.'
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    We All Are In A Spot

    One has to realize that all kinds of people, upper-middle-class, middle or working class, have their job and livelihood at stake right now.

    It is best to be compassionate and grateful and not let the feelings of fear, panic or stress creep into the mind. Keep yourself cheered up with small pleasures and endure this ‘At Home’ time.

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    Leaders need to take a hard look at what is being avoided or not addressed. Facing difficult tasks that were 'swept under the carpet' earlier strengthens them further to make hard decisions and face difficult people and situations.

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