Are driving your car to and from work and being stuck on the road some of your greatest daily stresses? Here are some tips.
Quit your job or move to reduce or eliminated commuter time. Save the environment and work close to or from home.
Feel for your fellow travelers and stay home.
Change (some of) your work and travel times to escape “rush” hour.
Carpool to only drive part of the rides.
Take a job in a car with a siren (police, fire brigade, ambulance).
Take public transportation and treat traveling time as opportunities to catch up with anything you want (sleeping, eating, tooth-brushing, shaving, nail-polishing, praying, learning, calling, writing, reading, gaming, watching, etc.). Meanwhile, save money and the environment.
Laugh it off. Anything. How someone almost killed you (or worse: almost damaged your car). How rude others seem. How irresponsible. How stupid. Find an excuse for them (they’re probably very tired or desperate) or say: it’s not so bad, it worked out well. Forgive them. Blame it on the non-Jews who stressed us out for thousands of years.
Stop calling others names. What used to make you fuming is actually an invitation to stop finding “good reasons” to be angry. Become mellow, good-natured, good-humored, peace-loving, relaxed and even confident. Cry if you need to, to solidify the change.
Look at the cars behind you. Half of the full road is behind you.
Smile at the people around you, blow them a kiss (lock your doors first), be happy for no good reason and show it. Tell yourself good jokes.
Put up some good music or lectures, safety permitting.
Put on the car’s roof a lightshow and some powerful speakers bellowing upbeat music.
Put funny (non-offensive) bumper stickers all around the car. Always search for new ones to cheer up your fellow travelers.
Quit hurrying. Besides, stop hurrying.
Be a defensive, not an offensive driver.
Travel with an animal or doll you can talk to. (Don’t leave the animal alone in the car.)
Make your car the place where you practice your best attitudes and take your accomplishments into your other quarters (home, work, sport, street).
Try to spot the best driver of the day and marvel about it.
Plan some of your meetings not in the office or at home but during your commute. (Your passenger gets better views than in the office or at home and a free ride.)
Tell yourself over-and-over again that the feeling of autonomy or efficiency is worth the daily agony and the costs. When you don’t believe that anymore, sell your car.
Do it for you. To become a better person. To create a better world. To live longer.