Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic. Long hours of commuting can leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Use these tips to stay calm during rush hour.
- Listen to music. The right playlist puts you in a good mood and will make you less likely to get angry on the road. Music helps you pass the time in stop-and-go traffic. Try listening to classical music in the car; it’s soothing and calm.
- Make yourself comfortable. Clean out your car regularly and put in an air freshener. Certain smells like lemon, lavender, or peppermint can help you feel calm. While driving set the air conditioning to a comfortable temperature. Then, just sit back and relax.
- Don’t forget to breathe. The next time you’re feeling stressed in the car, take a deep breath and try some meditation techniques. Driving can make you become more mindful. Instead of worrying about traffic, focus on something positive that happened that day.
- Learn while you drive. Driving can seem like a waste of time, especially if you have a long commute. Listen to an audiobook to pass the time or start learning a new language. Many language learning podcasts have free downloads that you can take on the go. This keeps your mind engaged and makes you smarter!
- Be a courteous driver. Give other drivers a break and remember to share the road. Only honk your horn to alert other drivers of danger. Unnecessary honking puts everyone on edge and makes stress worse.
- Don’t rush. Leave 30 minutes earlier and give yourself enough time to make it to your destination. When you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to be impatient and take risks while driving. It’s better to arrive too early than too late, especially if you’re heading to work.
Bonus: Don’t lose your cool! If you’re feeling angry while driving, take a few deep breaths and resist yelling at other cars on the road. In some states like Maryland, it’s actually illegal to yell or curse at another car. Stay calm on the road and you’ll avoid a ticket!