Commutes get a bad rap. Sure, the drudgeries of transit — late trains, icky traffic, crowds — are facts of the workday. But as they say, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. With a few simple tricks, your commute can actually be a positive and healthy part of your daily routine. With the help of SOREL, we’re sharing six ways to take back your daily commute, one step at a time.

That train aisle? It’s totally a runway. Consider your daily travel as an opportunity to show off your best-dressed self. Must-haves: wrinkle-resistant garments, an eye-catching accessory, and shoes that move seamlessly (and painlessly!) from commute to conference room — like these SOREL boots, made with busy women on the move in mind.


That random song your S.O. can’t stand to hear? Play it on repeat all commute long. Now is the time to indulge in whatever listening habits you please, away from family, roommates, and coworkers. Turn that volume up.

A little fresh air and exercise can make a big difference. Just 30 minutes of walking daily has major physiological benefits and is proven to boost self-esteem and reduce stress levels. Get off the bus a stop or two early to add some active travel to your routine. It’s totally worth it.

Rather than seeing your commute as a tiresome journey, consider it a quiet moment to yourself. Focusing on small delights is vital to winning the commute, despite unpredictable elements. Like so many other things, this practice starts with a cup of steamy, warm, delicious coffee! Enjoy it on your way to work and not just from your desk.

Packed subway? Slow traffic? Stop watching the clock! Stressing about what you can’t change is just wasted mental energy. You’ll get there when you get there, and that’s okay.

What’s going to make today successful for you? Whether it’s via physical to-do list or a mental mindset, set intentions for the day. Going in with a plan of action is bound to start your day off on the right foot.

Psst: Consider this as a symbolic karate kick — we don’t recommend practicing karate on public transportation ;)

Happy commuting, ladies!

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Production + Styling: Maddie Bachelder + Kayla Haykin

Design: Marisa Kumtong

Photography: Chris Andre

Model: Stephanie Brown