We live in a stressful world, and nowhere is more consistently stressful than travelling by road - regardless of whether you're a passenger or driver. Uber has decided to tackle this problem of mass-stress, and is launching new mindfulness meditation exercises for passengers to try out on their journey.
This new feature is thanks to a partnership with Calm, and means four meditation exercises have been added to the Uber app. Each exercise takes a set amount of time to get through, and is based on the firm's most common trip lengths. You can choose from three minute, five and a half minute, 12 minutes and 20 seconds, and 30 minutes depending on which length of time is most appropriate for you journey. Drivers, who are probably way more dressed thanks to driving about all day, will have access to a three minute exercise so they can also have a go. Hopefully not while they're driving, though.
Uber's done this after doing a survey that found 37 per cent of people were already exhausted about the prospect of the new year. Though you can hardly blame them with all the Brexit shambles and uncertainty at the moment. But it's not just that, since 56 per cent of the 2000 respondents blamed work, 31 per cent of people said they feel they're going to burn out, while current lifestyles made 46 per cent of people feel stress and 49 per cent unhealthy.
Tamara Levitt, Calm's Head of Mindfulness, said:
“In the rush of everyday life, it’s easy to lose balance. For many of us, our hectic lifestyle leaves us anxious and exhausted. So if we can carve out a bit of time in our day to meditate, we’ll feel more relaxed, focused, and productive.
The short time you spend in an Uber is a perfect occasion to pause, slow your racing mind and regain balance. Meditation has the power to guide you to a calm state of awareness that you can take with you into your day.”
Meanwhile a spokesperson for Uber also added:
"Some 54% of people use their time in an Uber to scroll through emails, social media and the news on their smartphones, so on your next Uber trip, escape your work for just a few moments to unwind.”
Sadly if you like this idea you'll be sad to hear that meditations will only be available in the Uber app for the next month. But Uber customers can get a 30 day free trial of Calm's app, which is better than the standard week. If the fact this is obviously a fancy advert for Calm's premium services doesn't bother you, you can find out more over on Calm's website.