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Don’t let traffic jam you up!

Tips for dealing with commute stress

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Commuting is a great time to get away from your work, spouse or kids and enjoy a podcast, audiobook or some stand-up comedy all to yourself.

Driving in heavy traffic can be stressful, but with a few tricks you can reduce the negative impacts on your health.

Here's how:

Adjust your attitude

Forget trying to "win" in traffic, which at best only gains you seconds while increasing your stress. We can't control the traffic, but we can control how we react to it and how we choose to use our commute time.

'Make time good'

Instead of trying to "make good time" in a situation where you can't, try to "make time good." Use driving as a break or oasis from obligations. Enjoy a podcast, audiobook or some stand-up comedy. Learn a language.

Breathe

Take deep, deliberate breaths and imagine tension leaving your body as you exhale.

Self-massage

Stretch or self-massage your neck, shoulders, temples or back at stoplights or your destination. Or try a powered massage mat..

Gratitude

Make a mental list of things that you're grateful for.

Car-aoke

Try classical music or other slow, soothing, meditative tunes. Or sing along to whatever music helps you to feel good.

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Instead of focusing on frustration, try to use driving as a break or oasis from work or other obligations.

Relaxing scents

Try aromatherapy in the car. One relaxing scent is lavender.

Pause to avoid road rage

If you feel you’ve been wronged by another driver, count to ten or make a funny noise. Engaging only heightens stress.

Positive mantra

Repeat a word that represents the way you would like to feel, such as “calm,” "relaxed" or “peaceful.”

Stay safe

Multitasking (shaving, makeup, etc.) increases both stress and accident risk.

Don't drive alone

If possible, use transit or carpool so that you can read or chat.

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