COULD the time you spend travelling to work be used for something more productive than sitting in silent, festering rage like a serial killer? Here are some suggestions.
Write a grisly crime novel
Being crammed nose to armpit in a tube carriage makes you want to kill, so channel those disturbed thoughts into a book. If The Northern Line Decapitator becomes a bestseller (with film rights) you’ll never have to go on a train again.
Listen to calming music
Calming music is usually whale noises or New Age pan pipe toss, but commuting is so stressful anything will do. Stick on some Norwegian death metal or drill tracks about gang warfare and emerge relatively chilled at the other end.
Talk to your fellow commuters
Why not strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you? People are always complaining no one chats on the tube, so they’ll be delighted when you tell them you’re not really a psychopath.
Play a shoot-‘em-up video game
Find a violent game for your phone – perhaps endlessly bludgeoning zombies – and imagine they’re the awful colleagues you’re about to spend the rest of your precious day with. This will use up all your animosity and leave you happy and relaxed. In theory.
Look for a new job
Commuting is a good opportunity to find a new job, but make sure it’s one that doesn’t involve travel or other humans, like lighthouse keeper or leading expert on isolated African ant colonies.