How to Reduce Commute Stress & Protect Your Energy

Everything that is alive pulsates with energy and all of this energy contains information. Your physical body projects an energy field that extends as far as your outstretched arms and the full length of your body. It is both an information center and a highly sensitive perceptual system. We are constantly ‘in communication’ with everything around us through this system.
Within your energy field exists emotional energy, which is created by your internal and external experiences. These experiences can be both positive and negative, fleeting or long-lasting.
- Caroline Myss

After spending more time in town than usual this last few days I’ve remembered how much London as an environment gets to me, despite how much I love living here in the city.

You don't just pick up a sooty face, you collect up all of the energies of the people you're bumping into and crossing paths with, all of the noise, the bright lights and the information. And I feeeeeel that.

A few years ago I became exhausted from carrying all of the stuff I was picking up. It’s enough to be holding onto our own stuff, never mind other people’s too—entanglement is a wily beast!

I used to unknowingly harden against it to try to stop myself from absorbing all of the hectic energy. That didn't turn out to be a good way to live.

So once I realised what I was doing, I learnt how to be my soft human self without absorbing all of the hardness.

If you’re particularly susceptible to collecting energies and unwittingly holding them hostage in your subtle bodies and within your physical tissues, there are things you can do.

Simply put, our environment is fundamental to our health and happiness, especially if you're of an absorbent disposition and find earthly realms to be heavy and depleting.

These are some of the things I do regularly to reduce commute stress & protect my energy:

⭒ Cleanse your field.

Once you’re home, take care of your aura like you take care of brushing your teeth at night.

I would usually suggest sage or Palo Santo here—if you already own a bundle of sage, use it up, otherwise, I suggest not feeding into the destruction of consumerism by buying unsustainable sage and Palo Santo. Instead:

  • Bathe in Epsom salts.

  • Use your hands to literally brush your body off from head to toe.

  • Make your own sustainable smudging bundles.

  • Do a light meditation.

Imagine a stream of pure light coming down from the sky, through the top of your head, and filling you up with the brightest, purest light. Keep going, inhaling the light into your body, until you’re brimming with so much light that it crowds out any dense energy.

⭒ Put on your protection.

When you dress to leave the house, remember to put on your cloak!

This step utilises the undervalued power of intention; by visualising yourself protecting your own field you harness your internal self empowerment.

You can download a guided protection exercise that you can remember for yourself and run through as you get ready in the morning.

⭒ Wear tourmaline.

Or another protective, negative energy-absorbing crystal. I don’t go anywhere near crowds or central London without my tourmaline around my neck, resting on my chest.

⭒ Listen to calm music.

We're formed of the things we let into our field. I try to fill mine with growth promoting, positive things to help keep my vibration high. And I never read the Metro.

This is my public transport playlist if you want to give it a go.

⭒ Move more slowly, not more quickly.

When faced with crowds, don’t become one of the pack. Safety in numbers is a myth when it comes to the commute!

Instead, when everyone else is rushing, consciously slow your own pace down by 10%. This isn’t enough to make you late, but it is enough to keep your mind and body calm.

Make it into a game, how ridiculously chill can you become in the face of the scrum?

⭒ Practice non-attachment

Perhaps the most important facet of mindfulness, non-attachment simply means relying on nothing, even your own inner dialgue, to affect your wellbeing.

When faced with events and circumstances you have absolutely no control over, attempting to mentally control the situation is not only futile, it leads to unnecessary and prolonged stress.

Work on releasing the urge to try to control late running trains and other commuters.

With practice, being able to detach yourself from external happenings and your own stories and judgements around them allows you to remain unfazed regardless of whether your train leaves on time or is cancelled, whether you get a double seat to yourself the entire journey home or you're rendered standing in the aisle with a fellow passenger breathing onto your hand.

The ability to do this is incredibly self-empowering and helps you develop a super strong, impenetrable energy field.

⭒ Breathe.

Our breath is the simplest, easiest means of keeping energy moving through our bodies — as Oxford St. pushes dense energy in, you can breathe it out.

My breathing turns shallow in town. Public transport, especially, has a unique way of causing the primal in me to believe I need to panic and flee.

London’s mainline trains have the capacity to send me raging into my sympathetic nervous system—when the switch flips and your nervous system goes into fight or flight, an effective way to move back to rest and digest is with BREATH.

To make your exhale longer than your inhale to create your own internal world of calm, even while London rages on externally, try this breathing pattern:

  1. Inhale for a count of 4

  2. Exhale for a count of 6

  3. Repeat

Your breathing also gives you something to focus on that you can control so you're not fixated on the things you can't, like the inefficient trains, for example...

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