Until there are no more cars to drive on planet earth, traffic will always be faced by commuters who commute by cars/buses. Often than none, this traffic is tiring and draining most especially in urban cities like Lagos where everybody is in a hurry to block off each other at a slight opportunity.
The big question is, HOW CAN YOU MAKE THE TRAFFIC LESS STRESSFUL for yourself since it can not be avoided?
These tips would help you make your commute happier and safer instead of giving to road rage as usual.
RIDE WITH A PASSENGER
You don’t want to be yelling like a mad man in your car (Lagos will make you do this) without someone you can have a good laugh with after that quick mad display. You need someone to have a conversation with in order to ease the tension on you mentally by the traffic; besides, you’ll have another set of eyes on the road and someone to chat with while you drive. This is what successful people do on their commute.
2. AVOID AGGRESSIVE DRIVING AND WEAVING FROM LANE TO LANE
One thing that can make the traffic become more tensed on you is when you’re driving aggressively and trying to weave from lane to lane without success. The more you’re blocked out from a new lane you’re trying to weave into by other drivers who have noticed how you are weaving from lane to lane, the more aggressive you become and that may lead you into bumping into another car. This can be avoided if you reduce the way you weave from lane to lane.
3. PICK THE RIGHT PLAYLIST
A survey found that drivers who listen to rock, hip-hop, or heavy metal were more likely to tailgate, speed, and get into traffic accidents. On the other hand, those who listened to classical or pop music were less stressed out during their car rides. Turn on a playlist of songs that will lift your spirits and take your mind off any traffic standstill.
Listening to a radio station is cool, but it is preferable if you have your choice playlist because of the in-between commercials of the radio station. What this playlist does for your nerves is to condition you not to lose your cool after hearing excess horking and seen enough irresponsible driving because trust me it will get to you if you have nothing calming that nerve down.
4. MAKE YOUR BRAIN MINDFUL
Studies have shown that mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. Of course, you can’t zone out into a complete state of meditation when you’re behind the wheel, but you can still practice mindfulness techniques. Be aware of every breath you take, and pay (extra) attention to your surroundings. Whenever your mind starts to wander, refocus your thoughts back to the drive. It’s important to pay attention and keep track of these confusing driving rules.
5. BECOME A PODCAST ADDICT
Tune in to your favourite podcast to boost your brain or tug your heartstrings while you drive. Depending on the podcast you choose, you can learn a new language, think about niche subjects, or hear heartwarming anecdotes. Audiobooks will also absorb you in an interesting story. Either way, you’ll get wrapped up in what you’re listening to and arrive at your destination before you know it.
6. RECLAIM CONTROL OVER YOUR DRIVE
You might feel stuck when you’re sitting in the car, but ultimately you’re there because of choices like where you work and live. Remind yourself of the reason you’re sitting in traffic—a great job, a nice home, a fun event to attend—to feel more in control and minimize anxiety.
7. SLIP ON COMFY FOOTWEAR
If you know you have a long drive ahead, a pair of comfortable sneakers will make your feet feel much better than they would in your usual work shoes. Plus, swapping your shoes at the end of a workday could signal to your body that it’s time to relax after the daily grind in the office.
8. USE AN AIR FRESHENER
Studies have shown that lavender can ease anxiety and reduce systolic blood pressure, so it could help calm you down when gridlocked traffic and inconsiderate drivers make you want to scream. Plug a car aromatherapy diffuser into the lighter outlet to spread the stress-busting scent through your vehicle.