You know the feeling— sitting on a highway that resembles a mall parking lot on Black Friday. Your irritation builds as your eyes shift from clock to road, road to clock, and back again. You’re going to be late because of traffic on Rt. 80…again!
That, work commuters, is stress— a feeling we all experience. Those incidents are small stressors in the big picture, but we still need to cool it. Stress from small events is just as bad for you as stress from life-changing events like moving or starting a new job.
Your body’s physical reactions to stress are significant. Stress increases your:
- Blood sugar
- Risk of depression
And it negatively affects your smile.
Relax—life is a highway, after all! There are a lot of things you can do to combat traffic-related stress.
1. Explore map apps. There are several apps to help you find the best route to the office. If you’re not in the mood for technology, talk to your boss about alternative routes or telecommuting options.
2. Welcome distractions. Listen to a podcast or book on tape to help distract you from traffic. You may even crack a few smiles!
3. Join a carpool. 3 quick reasons: gas money, socialization and the environment.
4. Be productive. Hop on a conference call, schedule appointments or vent to your mom. But please—avoid texting and driving! 🙂
For some extra relaxation, check out these general stress reduction tips. Happy driving!