Anyone who commutes to work knows that, no matter where you live, travelling during peak hours can be a pain, to say the least.
Whether you make your way by car, train, bus or (God forbid) the tube, trying to fight your way though the crowds and make it to your destination on time is enough to send anyone’s cortisol levels soaring.
However, new research has revealed exactly where in the UK is the most stressful place to commute, and surprisingly, it isn’t London.
We can’t quite believe it either but apparently, there are worse places than the capital to be travelling into work and to our even greater surprise, they’re up north. According to property website Good Move, the most stressful place for commuting is actually York.
Despite the stereotype that people are much friendlier in the area, the northern city has been named as the most stress-inducing place to commute during rush hours. After conducting a survey with 2000 UK workers, Good Move found that 51 per cent of people saw their stress levels increase on their daily commute in the northeast region of the country.
So, if you live in or pass through York on your wait to work, you make want to brush up on your breathing exercises or consider another form of meditation as chances are, you will be experiencing either road rage or a frustrating public transport journey.
The research also highlighted that around half of the drivers in London admit that their travel experience has a negative impact on their mental health, while another 47 per cent in Aberdeen say they ‘get annoyed’ when they’re behind the wheel during rush hour.
‘Daily commutes are harming the mental health of Brits all over the country, but many are still prepared to travel in order to have better jobs and homes,’ says Ross Counsell, director at Good Move. ‘While everyone has an idea of their dream home or career, it is so important that people get a healthy work-life balance and don’t sacrifice their mental wellbeing.’
We second that!