Is traffic a four letter word? Some people definitely feel that way.
I hate being late because of traffic. But what may be worse than actually being late is the stress that builds as I watch the seconds tick by and I am still not where I said I would be. Because once I get wherever I am going, I already feel so behind, and tend to carry the stress of being late with me throughout the day. So unhealthy right?!
Since I’ve unfortunately had some extra time sitting in traffic recently I got to thinking – what can I do to actually make sitting in traffic not so bad?! My goal was to think of things that I could do to ensure that whenever I got to where I was going I could actually be productive and present, and not frazzled and stressed. Here’s what I came up with.
1. Check the traffic before you go. There is such great power in planning ahead. If you know traffic will be bad, you can more easily plan for it or even try to find another way to go to avoid the traffic altogether.
2. Dance Party! A pump me up playlist keeps me in a happy, positive mood even in bumper to bumper traffic. There are songs that make me want to get up and dance or sing out loud! Here are a few that are on my go to playlist at the moment:
Note. I would avoid songs that may make you angry and provoke road rage.
4. Think through your day. Yes, you’re late, but that doesn’t mean you cannot plan your talk track for that afternoon meeting or think through your grocery list.
5. Have a snack. Moms know this trick well for kids, but they work on adults too! Sitting in traffic is worse when you are hungry. Keep snacks in your car (preferably ones that don’t melt!).
6. Phone a friend. What better way to unwind than chatting with a friend. Now, remember to always do this safely via bluetooth or a headset.
7. Open the windows. It may just be me, but opening my sunroof calms me down. Just getting a bit of fresh air can really change my current mindset for the better.
8. Just breathe. You will get there!
My last thought on this topic is to try to plan ahead so that your morning routine is a breeze and you actually leave the house when you want to (which sometimes is a challenge for me!). Mason Jar Salads are still my go to for workday lunches. I’ve also been planning my workout and workday outfits the night before, so I don’t waste time figuring out what I want to wear. Basically, I try to limit the amount of decisions I need to make in the morning so I can save my decision making power for later in the day.
This is all still a work in progress, but these little changes are already making a big impact in my commute. Anyone else have tips for enjoying traffic jams!? Please do share!!