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work up the ladder SweetRide A Transform your daily commute with road-trip ready products Hydrate Long drives can lead to mindless snacking. Keep healthy and hydrated by toting your water in this cheery, insulated reusable bottle. $16 by Blue Q; Barrique's, 5957 McKee Rd., Fitchburg; (608) 277-9463 Fun with the sun Lend a little life to your dashboard with a solar- powered dancing flower. $9 by Two's Company; Little Luxuries, 230 State St., Madison; (608) 255-7372 Insert and play With a long trek ahead, get lost in a good book (on CD, that is!), such as this bestseller by Chris Cleave! $26 by Simon and Schuster Audio; Barnes and Noble locations, Your Brain Behind the Wheel Reduce stress during your trek with tips from Dr. Lisa Rambaldo of Dean Clinic and Psychologist Bob McGrath of University Health Services Reclaim your time: It's easy to hop in the car and get lost, running through your daily to-do list or pondering past conversations and frustrations. Instead, consciously choose to be productive with your thoughts rather than focusing on burdens, mistakes or vexations. 30 BRAVA Magazine Stimulate your mind: Use your commute for positive mental activity. Music can calm the mind amidst traffic woes while an audio book, a podcast on a topic you love, or an instructional language CD can boost your mood and make your drive feel productive. September 2012 Be aware of your surroundings: No zoning out! Wake up to your surroundings. When you get cut off or stuck in a mess, practice empathy. Showing a little kindness instead of growing frustrated will make your drive—and your neighbor's—more pleasant. Consider your options: Commuting by car can negatively affect your heart and sleep patterns. If possible, head to the office on bike or foot— even for one day a week. Otherwise, avoid monotony and engage your mind by carpooling with others who work in close proximity. Follow your nose Make your commute a refreshing ride with travel-ready aromatherapy cour- tesy of a diffuser powered by you car's lighter adapter outlet. $15 by Earth Solutions; The Soap Opera, 319 State St., Madison; (608) 251-4051 » » » »

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