For many people, the drive into work is the absolute worst part of the day. It’s cramped, it’s slow, and there are tons of bad drivers all in a hurry to make it to the office before the boss notices they slept in 15 minutes too late. It’s easy to let commuter stress get the better of you, but it’s important that you don’t. Not only will that make you like your job less and put you in a bad mood throughout the rest of the morning, but it’s going to put you more at risk for accidents as well. It’s much better to learn how to cope with that morning stress, or even to get to a point where you, (gasp!) actually enjoy the commute! Trust me, it’s possible, and here’s how to do it.
Unless your trip to work is short it’s tough to really rock out to the radio because most morning stations play a ton of commercials and DJ schtick throughout the morning. With everything that’s going on, there isn’t much time left for music at all. Do yourself a favor and put together an awesome playlist on your smartphone, iPod, CDs or whatever you have available. Keep this in your car and rock out to and from work each morning. It will put you in the mood for a good day, and it will make that commute much more enjoyable overall.
Don’t Focus on the Other Drivers
It’s easy to point out all the things that other drivers are doing wrong and, believe me, I’ve seen some crazy stuff go down out on the road! Stressing about what every other driver is doing isn’t going to make you enjoy your trip. In fact, it will probably put you in a bad mood. Instead of focusing on everything that drivers are doing wrong, think about something that makes you happy and do your best to ignore all the drivers out there doing the wrong thing.
Be Generous with the Road
There’s nothing worse than being honked at or cut off by an inconsiderate driver, but over time it’s easy to become one yourself after dealing with so many rude people. Try not to be territorial with your lane, and be generous to the other drivers around you. You’ll improve their morning commute substantially, and you’ll probably feel good about doing it. That can’t be a bad thing, right?
Take Deep Slow Breaths
It’s easy to start taking sharp little breaths when you start getting stressed, but that’s exactly the opposite of what you want to do. Instead take nice deep and slow breaths, one after another. You’ll notice that your stress begins to dissipate and that you feel better about the trip overall. It’s amazing what a bit of breathing can do for your current mood, and for your morning commute overall.
Follow this advice and you’ll be more excited for that morning commute than you expect. It’s simple to change your mindset, and you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference a few simple changes can make.