How to Survive a Stressful Commute
April 27, 2010

Stress Reduction for Busy People: Finding Peace in an Anxious World – Work Closer. Live More.

“Let’s face it one of the most stressful activities we do can be driving. Rather it’s the daily commute to work, drop-off and pick-up at our children’s schools or trying to maneuver the mall parking lot on a Saturday. We spend so much time in our cars it is no wonder driving stress is such a big deal.

  • Gum, don’t leave home with out it. Sugar free or not, it does not matter, it is act of chewing that calms the brain. Mint flavored gum especially peppermint seems to be very popular for stress relief.
  • Travel with some drinking water. Drinking water has been known to have a calming effect on the nerves. Besides can you drink too much water?
  • Have calming scents in the car. Mint, lavender and vanilla are all calming and soothing smells. Find a scent your really love, that calms your nerves and keep it fresh in your car with a plug in or air freshener.
  • Happy thoughts. When things start to get stressful during your drive, think of something simple and happy. A happy thought is bound to bring a smile to your face and help counteract the stressful things you have no control over going on outside your car.
  • Don’t forget the IPod or tape or CD of your favorite calming music. They say music soothes the soul, so don’t be afraid to blast your favorite tunes no matter how corny your kids say you are. It you feel like singing along, go ahead, who cares what they folks in the cars around you think. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road as you belt out your favorite ABBA song.”

While stress reducing tips can help, wouldn’t it be better to alleviate the problem all together? If long commutes to work are affecting your quality of life, then consider a home exchange at Commuter Swap. Swap you home with another commuter whose commute is as miserable as yours. Live closer to your job and find permanent stress relief for the daily commute and a better quality of life.

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