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Published Wednesday Mar 11, 2020 by Mindbody Team

All The (Road) Rage: Tips for Conquering Your San Diego Commute

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Like in many West Coast metros, the phrase “rush hour” in San Diego doesn’t quite cut it, because traffic actually spans many hours, and it takes a whole lot of local savviness to get ahead of it (or behind or around or over or under). 

Weaving your way through the madness can feel like a triumph, but what if you could get home from work without feeling like pulling your hair out? 

Believe it or not, that dream is possible. Here are some tips to help you handle just about anything San Diego rush hour has to throw at you (minus the road rage). 

 

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Burn off steam at a fitness class.  

It’s no secret that working out is one of the best ways to keep stress at bay. Stop off your route for a fitness class! Not only will you get rid of all that “I-hate-traffic-and-everyone-on-this-freeway” energy, but you’ll also have a rush of endorphins elevating your mood.  

Finding a class that fits your schedule, daily route, and workout preferences may seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at the *tons* of studios on the Mindbody app for classes based on time, location, and fitness category so you can choose the best one for you. To make it even easier, we did some research (and tried some classes) for you! Check it out. 

If you live up in North County... 
Try a class at Lagree Fit & Versa Fit in South Oceanside right at the end of the 78. Their Versa Fit classes are only 30-minutes, and trust us, they’ll whip you into shape in the morning. Or if you like to work out on your way home, meet some friends for a Dollhouse Fitness pole dancing class or Pilates at Pilates Republic, both off the 5 in Encinitas. 

If you work in the Carmel Valley/Sorrento Valley business district... 
There’s plenty of great fitness studios you can hit right after work to kill some time before jumping in the heavy traffic going both north and south. There’s an F45 Training right off the 56 with 45-minute long cardio and strength training classes and a BARRE + bay wreath just above the 5-805 split (with barre, flowers, and coffee?!). Heading home towards PB? Infinite Fitness has got it all (bootcamp, Pilates, interval training, + more) right off the 5 in Bay Ho. 

If you take the 805... 
If you stick on the 805 during your commute, hop off for a quick Pilates class at Beyond Pilates in Normal Heights. Want to take out that pent-up road rage in a healthy way? Try BoxFit in North Park for a fun and challenging class. Maybe you’re more into bootcamp and strength training... try Renegade Fitcamp on University Ave to feel the burn. 

If your office is downtown... 
And at the very end of the 163 in Cortez Hill, there’s a great little yoga studio called (you guessed it) The Little Yoga Studio. Stop here for a post-work Vinyasa to calm yourself down before jumping on the road. On the way up the 5 in Bankers Hill, Saffron & Sage also has yoga, and they offer tons of wellness treatments as well if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. Want to sweat? belle + barre has a heart-pumping heated barre class off the 163 in Hillcrest. Don’t like the heat? Try Studio Barre right down the street (you don’t have to be a barre pro to try it)!  
 

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Up your podcast game. 

More of a passive listener than a daily exerciser? No problem—there’s more than one way to keep your cool when you hit that 5-805 Split. Rather than getting caught up in the relentless bobbing and weaving of other impatient drivers, or the stop-and-go flow of the cars in general, simply put on a podcast to keep you entertained (and grounded)! 

If rush hour has you feeling especially frazzled, try playing The Mindful Podcast. This features short episodes that help you practice—you guessed it—mindfulness. You’ll be amazed how much a quick bout of meditation transforms your attitude toward the traffic.  

Or maybe you’re more interested in something that will help you regain a positive perspective. The Happiness Lab podcast is full of impactful episodes on the science of happiness and tools to increase your overall positivity. 

 

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Breathe through the bustle. 

If you practice yoga or meditation regularly basis, you know how much breathing can transform your physical and mental responses to a situation. Instead of wracking yourself with tension as you try to make your way west on the 52, try out this simple breathing exercise: 

          1. Inhale through your nose slowly, trying to fill your lower lungs first before moving into
             your chest. 

          2. Hold the breath for three seconds. 

          3. Exhale slowly through your mouth, all while relaxing areas that commonly hold tension
             such as your jaw and shoulders.  

If you could use a little help relaxing, stop for a massage, facial, or body service (think peels, scrubs, and wine therapy) after work downtown at Alleviating Whispering Waters Day Spa. Then, turn on The Complete Rush Hour Chill Out Experience playlist, and you’ll be able to breathe through rush hour like a pro.   
 

 
 
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Relax with essential oils. 

Essential oils are all the rage today, and for good reason. Certain aromas inspire relaxed physical responses, and others can boost your overall mood. For example, the smell of lavender oil impacts the limbic system, leading to an overall sense of calm. And pure rose can drop your adrenaline levels (*cough, cough* road rage). 

Valerian and jasmine oils have also long been used to create a sense of relaxation. If you plan on using essential oils in the morning, jasmine may be your best bet, as it’s the least likely to cause any sort of drowsiness.  

Lucky for us, there are so many different brands we can try! Whether you’re just beginning your morning commute from home near Chula Vista or trying to escape the throes of post-workday traffic near Sorrento Valley, you should always have essential oils on deck. Hint: invest in a car diffuser to achieve maximum calm! 

 

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Kill time. 

Other than fitness classes, there are plenty of ways to kill time after work and wait for the traffic to die down. Ask some coworkers or friends to happy hour or dinner at your favorite healthy restaurant, grab a hard kombucha at JuneShine, pack a picnic and watch the sunset at a local park or lookout, or use an intro offer to try out cryotherapy at RejuvCryo & Wellness or a stretch sesh at Stretch U

What about beauty services? If you need to make time for them anyways, why not schedule them along your route right after work? For threading, microblading, and more, try Omnia Salon in Hillcrest. For haircuts and styling, check out Wild Honey Salon in Bankers Hill. And for facials, waxing, body treatments, and more try Viva Brazil downtown. 

 
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Be kind. 

Rush hour stress can be avoided simply by practicing kindness and empathy rather than feeding into anger and frustration. At the end of the day, you can’t control other people’s behaviors, you can only control your reactions. 

The next time someone swerves in front of you just as you’re about to exit to your Downtown office, take a moment to consider that maybe they’re in an even bigger hurry than you are, or they might not have seen you. A little bit of empathy goes a long way to quelling your own tension. 

 

No two ways about it—traffic f*cking sucks. San Diego rush hour is a unique beast, but it can be conquered with the right attitude and methods. Get in the right headspace, book a class at one of San Diego’s bountiful fitness studios, find a studio close to your offramp, and get back on the road without your fist out the window. 

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Published Friday Mar 27, 2020 by Christa Quattrocchi

Environmental Wellness: Creating a Mindful and Green Life at Home

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If you’re one of the millions under mandated work from home you may have already noticed that means cooking every meal, taking out the trash more often and, if you’re like us, remodeling your space into a home office/gym every day. With all of this change, it could be pretty challenging to maintain your wellness routine. Here at Mindbody, we’re thinking about well-being beyond the limitations of mental and physical health, including the environmental dimension of wellness. Spending more time at home means more time to make mindful choices of what you invite into your space. 

Small changes to your at-home routine can have a major impact on the health of oceans, farms, and life on earth. Sustainable choices look a little different to each of us, so we rounded up a few of our favorite ways to make a positive impact on our planet from the comfort of your own home. 

Invest in an Essential Oil Diffuser.

Aromatherapy can change the entire vibe of a space but burning through candles can happen quickly and recycling them can be a process. Just a few drops of your favorite essential oils go a long way in a diffuser meaning they’ll last you a really long time and customize your scents. Plus, diffusers oftentimes dupe as a humidifier helping to heal dry skin and even prevent airborne viruses

Take a Virtual Fitness Class with a Friend

You know that yoga teacher 3 towns over that melts every ounce of stress away, but it takes an hour in traffic and a half a tank of gas to get to? Virtual fitness is stepping in to bring your favorite instructors to your living room without having to burn the gas to get there. Community is a core part of fitness and our social wellness relies on staying connected right now. Invite your workout buddy to tune in, roll out your mat, turn on your essential oil diffuser and press play to recreate the essence of your favorite studios right in your living room. 


[Find Virtual Classes in your area (and beyond) now on Mindbody]


Bring in the actual greens and make sure they can thrive in your environment.

Houseplants can purify the air in your home, improve your productivity levels by 15% and can even evoke a sense of calm into your space. Sure, the countless benefits don’t suppress the fear of failing to keep your plant baby alive (don’t worry, we’ve all had a failed attempt). To be sure to commit to caring for plants that enjoy being in your home as much as you enjoy having them there, choose wisely. If you live in a seasonal regional, maybe don’t invite that cactus under your watch and welcome in a fiddle leaf fig instead.

Start with one of these indoor-friendly ferns: philodendron, snake plant, zz plant, spider plant, rubber tree. 


Remodel.

Create a dedicated “office” oasis.: Now that commuting is a thing of the past, mama earth is saying thanks for reducing pollution. Woohoo! Working from home comes with some hurdles, though. It can have us toeing the line between answering emails and binging your new Netflix obsession. But the couch just won’t cut it as a productivity throne. Dedicate a sacred space for work to keep that work-life balance in check. 


Breaking up with plastic. An Exercise.

Go around the house and collect all the plastic you have in a box, this includes your hand soap, shampoo, that extra set of take-out utensils, toothpaste, zip lock bags, the list goes on. Each time one of those items runs out, replace it with an eco-friendly alternative like a shampoo bar, silicone zip bags, and bamboo travel utensils. 

Pro-Tip: Hang onto glass jars from finished kitchen items, like peanut butter, jam and mayo. When you’re shopping, go for the products that come in glass so you can compile a collection without dishing out more $$$ on glass containers. 


Invest in reusable containers and bags.

From mason jars to hemp produce bags, there are so many options for swapping your plastic containers for sustainable storing. 

Hint: Keep your reusable bags by your door so you don’t forget them when you go to the grocery store or if you’re packing to bring items out to a gathering. 


Keep plant-based kitchen staples on hand.

Many studies showcase the positive environmental impact that a plant-based diet poses. If you’re not ready to go full vegan yet, start with small swaps of the plant versions of your household staples. Here are a few of our favorite substitutes that could easily pass for the “real thing.” 

Oat milk – the creamiest of all the non-dairy milk goes to oats, making it a perfect swap in your coffee and nut-allergy friendly.

Butter – Margarine has been a plant-based secret for years. We also love Miyokos butter, which truly skates by as the real thing when slathered on a slice of toast. 

Mayo – Eggless mayonnaise works wonders and can bring dairy-free creaminess to spreads and salad dressings. Plus, many brands come in glass jars! 

Plant Protein Powder – With plenty of options on the market, you’re sure to find a flavor that will add some power to your smoothies without empowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

Eggs – When baking, you can substitute eggs for flax ‘eggs'! 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 tbsp water = 1 egg. 


Minimize your Amazon packaging waste.

Did you know that you can request your Amazon orders to be plastic-free with minimal packaging? Just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Go to the ‘Help/Customer Service’ section of your account. 
  2. Select ‘Contact Us’ and use the chat option to make a request that all future orders be plastic-free and where absolutely necessary only use bio-degradable materials like paper. 
  3. Viola! 

Unplug (some of) your appliances when you’re not using them.

Collectively, devices plugged in on sleep mode can rack up $19 billion in electricity costs worldwide. Things like your toaster oven, blender, and cell phone charger can save some serious electricity if you unplug them when they’re idle. Put those pennies back in your pocket and save the planet while doing so. 


Let the sunshine in.

This is a two in one. Giving your curtains a break is not only an easy way to minimize electricity usage, but it can also be great for your overall wellness. Natural light can be an awesome mood improver, productivity booster, and sleep aid.  

Keep up the momentum of greener living by trying more virtual classes on Mindbody. Even swapping out one car trip to your favorite studio for a virtual class can have a lasting impact on this planet. Share more ways you're going green right now on Instagram and tag @mindbody! We'll share the love. 

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Christa is a 300hr certified yoga instructor on a soulful journey to integrate spiritual practices, such as astrology, tarot, and pranayama, in her guidance both on and off the mat. She is Mindbody’s resident witch and advertising aficionado. Beyond her credentials, you can find Christa channeling creativity through writing, cooking plant-based goodness, & surfing her home waters in sunny San Diego.