Few things are more frustrating than morning and afternoon commutes, but you can find ways to endure the stop-and-go madness, so it doesn’t get you down. The most important thing is to be safe while you’re sitting in traffic, which means no cell phones. All is not lost, however. Do these things to keep your spirits up while you’re trying to get to and from work.
Who cares who can hear you? Put on your favorite playlist or radio station and sing to your heart’s content. It doesn’t matter if you have a good voice or can’t carry a tune even if it did have handles. Singing brightens the spirit, especially if you sing along to feel-good songs that put a smile on your face each time you hear them. Go ahead! Give your pipes a workout. You’ll be surprised how much fun it is.
You’ll notice we put read in quotes. Please don’t open an actual book or newspaper to read. Rather, invest in audiobooks so you can listen to your favorite authors. These books are very entertaining, as the readers who recite the prose act the scenes out. They are a modern-day version of the radio programs your grandparents or great-grandparents used to listen to. You’ll get lost in the stories.
Listen to your favorite comedians on your way to and from work. You can purchase their shows, listen to a comedy station on your satellite radio, or even listen to their podcasts. The point is to keep things light and have a good laugh. Listening to the news or serious podcasts will only stress you out more. Rather, enjoy the comic genius of today’s comedians and those from the days of old for a better commute.
This is also in quotes because although we’d all love a cold one, a glass of wine, or cocktail to unwind while we sit in traffic after a hard day at work, that’s only a little illegal. Rather, grab your favorite non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage to enjoy during your rough commute. The flavor of something comforting can trigger the pleasure center in your brain, and you’ll find yourself more relaxed.
Keep your car, truck, or SUV maintained to avoid additional stress while sitting in traffic. A vehicle that needs servicing runs the risk of overheating while stuck in a traffic jam as well as stalling. You don’t want to be stuck behind a sigalert, but it’s even worse to be the cause of the sigalert, so make sure to keep your vehicle in tiptop shape. That way, you don’t worry about it while you’re sitting in traffic.