A new mobile resource the “Commuter Club” has been launched to keep commuters entertained and mindful.
It will be updated weekly, and its content will include podcasts, mindfulness sessions, long-reads, and playlists. New content will be uploaded each Friday.
Commuter Club was launched after research from University College London (UCL) showed that commuting can have benefits for mental health, fitness levels, and work-life balance. Each week, the history, culture, and people in a different part of London will be highlighted.
The first instalment was launched on 18 October and focuses on Aldgate. It includes a playlist from the Whitechapel Gallery, an interview with Aldgate’s oldest resident and WW2 evacuee Alie Te Groen, interviews with the restaurateurs of the Petticoat Lane dining quarter, and stories about the history of East London. Future instalments will highlight Victoria, the Square Mile, the Thames’ north bank, and Fleet Street.
A group of London’s leading Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are backing the Commuter Club. They have also teamed up with the international bestselling author and hypnotist Paul McKenna to create “Commuter Calm”, which will provide an interactive mindfulness session to help relieve stress and leave people feeling ready for the working day ahead.
Paul McKenna commented: “With life getting busy again, it’s important we check-in with ourselves throughout the day. Just a few moments of mindfulness practice can improve our cognition, lower stress and anxiety levels and leave us on a much better footing to take on the day or unwind for the evening.”
Managing Director of Primera Corporation, Ruth Duston, who helps set up and manage London’s BIDs commented: “Commuting has always been a part of daily life for London’s workers but the shift to hybrid work means it is no longer the crowded and stressful experience it once was.”
“We want to take this opportunity to help people fall in love with commuting and savour the important time in our days which separates work life from home life. Getting people back to Central London is vital to helping our city spring back to life so I hope people love the resources we’ve created and that they provide an opportunity to learn, relax or just switch off for a few moments”.
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