West Palm Beach, Florida traffic frustrating you? Here are some tips to help you manage your frustration
and reduce your stress behind the wheel of your car:
1. Plan ahead. Often, our frustration on the road is because we're
late for an appointment and traffic is making us later yet. Plan ahead
to allow sufficient time for getting lost or delayed by traffic, construction
or bad weather conditions. If you leave
just enough time to get there, you are probably more prone to a "lead foot"
on the accelerator and a lost temper, both of which can cause car accidents.
Try adding 10 minutes to your expected travel time, both for your health
and your safety.
2. Get enough sleep. A national epidemic of sleepiness is a contributing
factor to road rage, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Lack
of sleep can make us prone to feelings of annoyance, resentment and anger.
Eight hours is still the recommended daily dose of sleep for adults.
3. Loosen up and breathe. Clenching the wheel in a death grip is a sure
sign of stress. You can control the car just as well if you flex your
fingers and loosen your hold. Periodically roll down the window, and breathe
deeply. Continue to take deep breaths every few minutes to relax without
taking your eyes off the road.
4. Remember that hostility is toxic and risky for your health. Safe driving
promotes healthy hearts, because people most prone to anger are almost
three times more likely to have a heart attack than those with low anger.
Think to yourself: "Is making my point worth endangering my life?"
Whatever the other driver did, instead of giving in to anger, try to laugh it off.
5. Listen to relaxing music. Try tuning to classical or jazz to reduce
stress, or pop a comedy CD or audio book in for your listening pleasure.
All of the above will make you less pumped up for rude action than a driving
bass line. They will also help drown out stressful traffic noise.
Experiment with these techniques, and perhaps you can think of others
to try as well. You should find your driving safer and more pleasurable.
Putting aggressive driving in park will help ensure your own safety, as
well as the safety of everyone around you in West Palm Beach, Florida,
or wherever you may drive.