Psychologist reveals best way to spend your commute

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Freeview has worked with behavioural psychologist Sam Owen to divulge the importance of escaping reality and decompressing when you commute.

2.9 million people travel to work by train in the UK and the average commuting time is one hour.

That’s the same length as a sequin-encrusted episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, or a back-to-back double of teenage debauchery in The Inbetweeners.

Sam said: “Whilst traditional methods of mental stimulation, such as aerobic exercise or a hot bath may be advised, these simply aren’t always achievable during busy day-to-day life. Taking a section of time which is otherwise void, and turning it into a chance to re-balance your emotional state through either motivating or calming television content allows you to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to achieve more, be that at work or home.

“During your morning journey to work, it is common to experience anxiety, fatigue and nerves about the day ahead. Key things to look for when viewing content to counteract this is anything motivating, optimistic or high energy.” An uplifting Golden Buzzer hit on Britain’s Got Talent, a dramatic away game for your favourite football team or an eye-opening episode of QI will grab your attention, draw focus and mentally stimulate you to feel more alert and engaged at the workplace.

There are fundamental differences between pre-and post-work emotional support that television content provides.

“The focus of your post-work commute is to decompress, relax and reflect on the day you’ve had, whilst clearing the mind ahead of your time at home.” Sam suggests that in this instance light and calming content such as the heart-warming romances of Love Island, Drag Race or the freshly iced buns of the Great British Bake Off are advised. “Likewise, shows which detail horrific events or hardships can be a strong reminder of how lucky you are, sometimes exactly what you need before you walk through the door to a loving family after a day of work.

“Although often if can be clear what content we need to sooth our emotions, sometimes it isn’t so simple. Watching an episode of your favourite show from your teenage years on your first day of a new job can calm nerves through simple nostalgia of family comfort.”

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview said:  “Whatever mood you’re in, there’s always something great to watch on Freeview.  And with our mobile app, you can watch whenever or wherever you want.”

The Freeview app is available for download on iOS and Android.



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