The Best Way to Make Your Ride to Work More Relaxed

Today’s challenge for Wednesday, March 2: Calm a commute. Here’s your perfect travel playlist for getting a little serenity.

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Of course commuting to work can be a drag, especially if you’re stuck in traffic or dealing with an angry passenger. But it doesn’t have to be! All it takes to chill out is a little planning. Perhaps starting off with a little meditation or some yoga poses is all you need to maintain a state of zen throughout your day. Spritzing a little lavender on your scarf or wrist can bring you back to a state of tranquillity when things get tough on the road. One of our favorite tricks: positive music. A study found that listening to feel-good tunes on headphones can shrink your requirement for personal space—good news for commuters on packed trains!

Steal this yogi-approved playlist, curated by Kathryn Budig, author of Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance. While listening, take a minute to focus on your breath too—inhale positive vibes and exhale the negative, or repeat Budig’s mantra, “Aim true.”

1. “Chakra 4” by Alex Theory

2. “Kusanagi” by Odesza

3. “Harvest Moon” by Poolside

4. “Modular Mix” by Air

5. “Light” by Dr. Toast

6. “The Spice” by Random Rab

7. “Apparently” by Random Rab

8. “Everloving” by Moby

9. “Flying” by Garth Stevenson

10. “Wicked Game” by Emika

11. “Holocene” by Bon Iver

12. “She Always Takes It Black” by Gregory Alan Isakov 

Family Circle tapped the Partnership for a Healthier America to help bring you this easy—and fun—wellness challenge. Post a picture of how you relaxed your ride today, March 2, 2016, on our Facebook pages or Twitter feeds with the hashtag #14DayChallenge and you could win a prize! No Purchase Necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. See rules for complete details.

Photo credit: Marty Baldwin