Stress in transport: how to avoid it?

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Are you constantly nervous in transport? Goodshapetips will tell you how to avoid traffic stress and get to your destination with minimal moral loss.

Every day on the way to work, many of us go through real tests of strength – you need to get out on time, catch your bus, take a comfortable place on the road or in the cabin, not pass your station, keep an eye on your bags. And what are traffic jams and mercilessly flying time!

By the way, scientists have calculated that the average person spends as many as 19 days a year in transport, and this is 3-4 years of his life! One can only imagine how much road stress accumulates during this time.

How to minimize transport stress and maintain your health?

Recommendations for drivers

Check the car. Be sure to check that your car is in order before leaving. Check the amount of gasoline, oil level, water. Does the car start well or do you hear extraneous sounds? Take two minutes to check, so you can avoid many hours of delays on the way.

Plan your route in advance. If the road is unfamiliar to you or the old route no longer meets your expectations, develop a new optimal path. Study the map, talk to experienced drivers, look for tips on the Internet. If possible, get a navigator – it will help to avoid unnecessary hassle.

Think quality. It is much more pleasant to drive a longer section of the road along a good, more or less free road than to drag two blocks for half an hour. Don’t skimp on gas – better save your nerves.

Obey the rules of the road. This is especially true for speed limit signs. As nervous as you are, don’t play with speed. Refrain from sudden maneuvers. For example, if you don’t see a nearby vehicle while changing lanes, moving smoothly will help both of you avoid a collision.

be careful. Try to stay away from vehicles that wobble, wobble, and move unevenly. The driver may be drunk, young, very elderly, or the vehicle may be in poor condition. If possible, stay away from buses, trolleybuses and trucks, as visibility in such vehicles is much worse and the driver may not notice you when changing lanes.

Take care of the comfort in the cabin. If, while driving, you feel “at ease”, nothing will distract you from the road. Adjust your seat and mirrors to minimize blind spots. Make sure that the chair is as comfortable as possible, the air temperature is optimal, and the music is not too loud (otherwise the accident rate increases).

Important! While driving, do not be distracted by telephone conversations.

Souvenir pendants that evoke pleasant memories of a recent vacation, and pleasant aromas in the cabin help to avoid stress from empty standing in a traffic jam. By the way, you can make car flavors yourself by sewing beautiful burlap sachets and filling them with coffee beans, pieces of fragrant soap or napkins soaked in essential oils.

How to avoid stress for both drivers and pedestrians

Analyze your emotions. In transport, we sometimes experience a lot of negative emotions. It is important to respond to your emotions, understand them and analyze them.

How to do it? At the moment of an attack of anger, honestly admit to yourself: “I am angry” or “I am annoyed.” It is important to understand who/what makes you angry and who/what is annoying. Name these irritants – slow drivers, red traffic light, clumsy passengers, annoying conductor and so on. Next, ask yourself the question: “Are they really to blame for my stress, or is it all about my condition?”

Of course, the whole problem is in the state in which we drive ourselves from day to day. After all, if we were calm and balanced, we would not even notice the perseverance of the conductor.

Conclusion – it’s time to work on your transport peace of mind:

Change your route often. Following the same route for many people (most often creative) creates a feeling of a vicious circle, hopelessness and dullness of life. Change the route and mode of transportation more often, this will give you the opportunity to experience new sensations along the way.

Listen to music. As you know, music can set a person in a certain way. If you are in a traffic jam and are nervous – listen to alternative, instrumental music, classical jazz, vocals, radio “Spring FM”. If you’re stressed by crowds, such as on the subway, try distracting yourself by listening to upbeat, upbeat music that you particularly enjoy.

Do fun and useful things. Pleasant and useful things will help you to brighten up the time from standing in a traffic jam and reduce the stress of being in public transport – pleasant memories, eating chocolates, reading books, listening to an English audio course, watching the news, communicating in social networks.

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By the way, a study by Californian scientists showed that people who actively use gadgets in public transport are more calm and balanced. In addition, scientists have found that in order to cope with negativity, it is more important to share information with someone (for example, chatting on the Internet) than simply to consume it (for example, reading a book).

Take advantage of homemade recipes

If you often experience stress in transport, use the power of nature.

Brew herbal infusion. Mix 2 tablespoons of motherwort, valerian, mint, hop cones. Take 1 tablespoon of the resulting mixture, pour it with a glass of hot water, bring to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Let it brew for half an hour and strain. Take half a glass in the morning and in the evening for 5 days for 3-4 months.

You can also add mint leaves to tea, compotes, soups, fish and meat dishes.

Watch your nutrition. Include dark chocolate in your diet (combats bad mood and reduces anxiety), avocados (relieves nervous tension, improves mood), nuts (vitaminizes the body, cope with bad mood), dairy products (in combination with vitamin D stimulate positive thinking).

Olga VOSTOCHNAYA,
psychologist

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