We’ve all been there. Sitting behind traffic, sniffing fumes, and trying to see what’s going on ahead. What seems like hours can actually be minutes, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. Watching your gas needle dwindle while traffic seems to creep only inches at a time, stress can start to take over. That’s why we’re going to tell you how to have a stress free commute.
Frustration causes you to be impatient, which creates massive stress. When the stress starts rising, you start doing reckless driving habits. This is not only extremely dangerous for you, but also to other drivers on the road.
There’s a few ways to have a stress free commute. There’s listening to a podcaster or audiobook. Turning off your phone. Doing yoga. Relaxing while driving. And even taking a break.
Check out the following tips on how to eliminate all the stress while commuting, so you can enjoy your commute more, and make it much safe for you and others.
1. Listen to a podcast or audiobook
Listen to something interesting, educational, or thought provoking. Nothing high-energy or aggressive, as it can cause you to become more aggressive.
Listening to something that takes your mind of the stressful commute, such as engaging audio, can help keep you alert while also staying calm.
2. Turn your phone off
Not only is driving with a cell phone illegal, but also can be distracting and stress inducing.
Every time your phone rings or dings, you’re going to feel a strong urge to answer or read a text.
Turning it off until you reach your destination eliminates all these problems, unless you’re taking a bus or subway.
3. Do some yoga
Don’t practice yoga while driving. But if you’re stuck behind hordes of traffic, some stretches and breathing exercises can be very helpful with lowering stress
Practice sitting straight, roll your neck, stretch your muscles, and focus on how tense your whole body feels.
4. Stay calm
It can be very difficult to keep our adrenaline from rising, and spiraling into road rage.
When someone cuts you off, or is blocking traffic ahead, just focus on driving safe and controlling your actions.
Being all fired up will take away from your focus, preventing you from observing what’s going on around you, and not being able to drive safely.
5. Take a break
Traffic, especially traffic jams, has a tendency to make everyone anxious and stressed.
In this type of situation, it’s always helpful to take a break. Stop off at a coffee shop, or store to get a snack and even stretch.
And if possible, wait until traffic subsides or take another route with less traffic.
You can also try bicycle commuting which will provide exercise and allow you to avoid traffic jams all together.
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