Tube pulls up. Minding the gap, you wade your way through the masses to find an acceptable standing place; equidistance between something to lean on and something to hold. The train pulls off as you inhale the fumes of your fellow commuters. You eye up a passenger who clearly chose snooze over shower this morning with a side-glance of disgust.
What’s digging into your back? Whose breath is that? You take your normal stance and keep staring at the floor; hoping no one makes eye contact. There’s a woman eating a sandwich. She has a crumb on her lip. Do you tell her? Do you break the stringently forbidden act of speaking on the tube? Ha, you wouldn’t dare.
You’re better than this.
Here’s this month’s top 5 things to do on your journey to work:
1. Interactive Meditation…Is A Thing
Yeah, we hear you. Meditation on the tube is hard. Granted, it’s pretty tricky to get into the zone with dozens of bored commuters staring at you. But Sway is different. It tricks you into meditating. Hear us out.
New Generation Meditation app; Sway, tracks your movement using your phone’s sensors. You don’t need to move much; a subtle swaying of your hand or body should do the trick. It forces you to focus on the steady movement rather than actually focusing on the meditation itself. You’re so absorbed in getting the ebb and flow of your movement right; it calms you without you even noticing it. Whilst you are gently swaying, it sends silky smooth melodies down your ears and settles you with entrancing, ever-changing visual colour displays. CLEVER, huh?
Download for $/£2.99 on the app store.
2. Listen To A Tech Podcast. That’s Not JUST For Techies.
The Guardian calls Reply All ‘“a podcast about the internet” that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it’. These guys go into depth on cripplingly interesting stories about everyday life, and how the Internet shapes each part of it. The beauty of this series is that every episode you listen to triggers fresh excitement; with new human takes on the world that is internet culture arriving into your eardrums every Thursday. It’s a podcast series that never seems to go stale.
3. Get Lost In Some Fiction
Read about someone being stalked on a tube. Whilst you’re on the tube. This isn’t just any book.
Number one bestseller ‘I See You’ by Clare Mackintosh is a deliciously creepy psychological thriller, and it’s won some serious awards to prove it. It follows the unsettling story of Zoe Walker, after she discovers her photo in the classified section of a London newspaper, alongside nothing but a website address.
With more twists than a neurotic pretzel; once you get gripped on this, you’ll choose to stand on the escalator just so you can continue reading. Breathlessly chilling and addictive; you may never feel the same about taking the tube again. We choose to read ours on a handy little Kindle or Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans, download the book here. If you’re a vintage type and prefer to thumb your way through a paperback; you can grab it here.
4. Better Yet, Have Someone Read To You
This isn’t just any self-help audio book. This one is telling you to cut the cr*p. ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ by Mark Manson sets out on an alternative journey to self discovery, where the main mantra you can take away with you is to ‘f*ck positivity’ so we can all become truly happier people. It’s funny, honest, and painstakingly inspiring. Download the audiobook here and check out Audible’s offers, too.
5. Keep That Brain Ticking
It’s okay. No one’s telling you to dust off that 10 year old Nintendo DS you have in the loft and fire up the Brain Training game. Think of this as it’s slicker, cooler, and all around more effective older brother. Lumosity transforms science into delightful games; keeping your brain at full capacity to ensure the HIGHEST productivity when you get to work (even if you DID spend 6 hours on Netflix last night without so much as taking a breath).
Play from a choice of 50+ cognitive games, designed to strengthen vital areas of your brain such as memory, attention and problem solving. Download the app from the iTunes store. (Subscription applies).
Happy travels, creatives.
This is an article by Hayley Sarratt, Content Creator, Copywriter and Social Media Manager at Kilpatrick PR.