Lately, I have come to realize that I have a lot of stress in my life.  I don’t know how it happened.  It was like one day, I just up and got… stressed.  I mean, I can remember back just 2 years ago when I would come home from work, not a care in the world.  My boyfriend (now husband) and I would either hop on our bicycles and take a long ride after work or go hit the tennis courts for a fun hour of back-and-forth.

 Now, two years later, we have started to fulfill what, as a little kid, I thought was the “dream” life.  We got married, got a puppy, got ANOTHER puppy, bought a house.  This is what everyone always dreams of right? So why so stressed?  Well, the answers are pretty obvious- mortgage, responsibilities and… the dreaded commute.

 Yup- like 88% of the American workforce, I commute.  And no, I don’t like it.  My commute, door-to-door is about 90 minutes on average.  That is just a wee bit higher than the national average commute time of 24.3 mins  but thankfully, I love my job, so somehow that makes up for it.

You may be asking yourself, “Where is she going with this?”  Well, let me break it down for you.  I, as aforementioned, am stressed out.  I don’t have the time I used to.  I have a long commute.  I still need “me” time so that I can remain sane.  Solution?  Games. 

Luckily, I don’t have to drive and I work in the gaming industry so I have the inside scoop on which ones are awesome and which ones are not.  I download them before hitting the road and then I have a really relaxing way to spend the next hour and half.  And honestly, before you know it, the commute it over, I am relaxed and back with my cute husband and adorable puppies.  And stress-free.  Until tomorrow.  But hey, I just downloaded Build-a-Lot 3 and P.J. Pride Pet Detective, Destination: Europe… so I am armed and ready to roll.

 How do you de-stress?  What games do you love to play at the end of a long day?

 PS- a statistic I find somewhat disturbing about the average American commute- the average yearly commute time is equivalent to 100 hours!  If you compare that to the average yearly vacation time (80 hours)… well, it is pretty darn sad, don’t you think??