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Old 09-11-19, 04:11 PM
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Relieving stress

Ever since I started commuting to work by bicycle I can't begin to say how much it helps with the stress as I get to work. I am relaxed and energized. I bike about 15 miles and look forward every morning to being able to ride to work.
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Old 09-11-19, 04:20 PM
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I too work in a high stress work environment. Bicycle commuting has made all the difference.
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Old 09-11-19, 05:14 PM
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I too work in a high stress work environment. Bicycle commuting has made all the difference.
Back when I was a commuter this was my number one driver. Most things thrown at me during work weren't an issue and those few things that were melted away on the ride home. Now I telecommute 100% but still ride my bike for just about everything.
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It helps
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Nothing like it.
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I've retired and I miss the stress relief of the ride in to work. Of course I can ride anywhere I want now.
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I dunno if bike-commuting relieves stress, as much as riding in traffic with cars helps put my work stress into a different perspective.
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Old 09-12-19, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
I too work in a high stress work environment. Bicycle commuting has made all the difference.
Quite agree.

In addition, I used to get stressed about connections for public transport and missing one by getting stuck at work.

Now I’m on my own timetable it’s not a bother...and a quicker commute to boot.
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Mental health hour or two every day.
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I concur, for me it works out cheaper, faster and helps with de-stress and exercise.
win win.
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Old 09-13-19, 01:59 AM
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It helps relieve stress from whatever comes my way. Since I am semiretired I only ride twice a week to work. And that is only to pay for our insurance and see my work friends once in a while. 23 years for the prison system is a bit stressful. Then there are the inmates. The admin types making STUPID rules are the worst. Politics don't belong in the system and neither do liberals. Thank God there are still a few here and there that realize prison is for punishment not patting the crooks on the back and telling them they had a bad upbringing. Never give those kinds of people a bit of room. They will turn you into whatever they want you to be, Prison has become a place you DON'T mind living for a while. The bike rides are necessary. elieve me. And it could be with an engine under you too. Have you ever seen a motorcycle or bicycle parked in front of a psychologists office? Not unless it belongs to the Dr. Rant over. Bluesfrog.
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Relieving stress
Originally Posted by mdadams1 View Post
Ever since I started commuting to work by bicycle I can't begin to say how much it helps with the stress as I get to work. I am relaxed and energized. I bike about 15 miles and look forward every morning to being able to ride to work.

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I too work in a high stress work environment. Bicycle commuting has made all the difference.
Dittos to the above, but I have posted:
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…I have previously posted to this thread, Why didn’t I ride
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[For the past few years] My job; either too much to do, so I stay (comfortably) overnight and resume very early in the AM, missing my commute; or have to travel afar for a meeting...and to a lesser extent, family activities. …
My commute sans car, 14 miles by bike, or Commuter Rail can take a significant amount of time, including frittering time when at home, like watching TV (the children are grown and my wife often works in the evening).


Fortunately I like my job, reducing the stress. Furthermore, my time at work is otherwise pretty flexible, and posting to Bikeforums is a secondary, vicarious substitute.
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… Since I am at a computer most of the day at work generating reports…posting is a form of escape.

A radio commentator, Dennis Prager once suggested that one should take a vacation everyday; not to physically “get away,” but do something different during the day, and that’s posting for me.

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I too work in a high stress work environment. Bicycle commuting has made all the difference.
+ one!
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Old 09-13-19, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I dunno if bike-commuting relieves stress, as much as riding in traffic with cars helps put my work stress into a different perspective.
In a similar vein, I have posted that when my wife and I were active cycle tourists,
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A thought or two, based on personal experience....

Also, what's the hurry? One of the joys of touring is the singleness of purpose and absence of demands. All you have to do is get there: you don't have to get there fast or get their first - and if you are touring with camping gear, odds are you can be incredibly flexible about what "getting there" means on any given day.

Embrace that. Don't let your tour become an exercise in trading one rat-race for another.
Though I haven't toured in about 20 years, my wife and I did a cross country ride, and toured in Michigan, Ontario, New England and the Maritimes. … Doesn't that sound like a Great Escape from the usual daily work/commute "rat-race"?

In fact, bad touring days made me long for sitting in an office doing my usual job--very restorative.
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