We all have been caught up in road traffic jams either while using public or private means, right?
With the huge population in urban towns, roads burst into activity as people move in and out of town, and their way to and from work. The delay can be a few minutes or hours of waiting for the roads to clear. This can lead to stress, boredom and inconvenience.
You will agree with me, it can get lonely especially when in a private car and you get caught up in traffic jam. The following are interesting things you can do to relax the next time you get stuck in one-:
• Listen to Music or an Audiobook
Finding oneself stuck in a traffic jam for a period of time is very distressing. It could cause anxiety and stress, especially during rush hours.
Music is therapeutic in itself. Listening to some quality songs from favourite bands or musicians could help in relieving stress and tension. It is a good way to engage the mind, relax and clear one’s mind. Audiobooks are also good. Always carry one or two in your private car because they come in handy when one is stuck in long traffic jams. It is a perfect way to pass time, learn and unwind. Imagine you were the best musician and sing along to your favourite tunes
• Do Something You Enjoy Doing
Doing one of your hobbies is a good way to relax your mind and draw it away from any unpleasant situation.
At times, people find themselves stuck in traffic jams for a couple of hours. The thought of getting late for work or other commitments, is a possible cause of tension and anxiety.
You can paint, read an interesting book or sing. It is really helpful in reducing anxiety levels and stress. Such activities captivate the imagination. They generate positive energy and emotions. This promotes psychological health of an individual. It also helps in distracting the mind and energizing the whole body.
• Listen to Radio Talk Shows.
The good thing about technology is that most cars have inbuilt radios. Most radio stations hold good, educative and informative talk shows for their listeners. When on those frustrating traffic jams, switch your radio on to catch a show or two. It is wise to participate in the topics. Smile and engage yourself and this way, you will feel re-energized.
For more fun, sift through different channels to catch interesting news, conversations and music. It is a very practical way of soothing the brain and calming down. Stress will be reduced to very low levels and this is healthy and psychologically rewarding.
• Grab Something Healthy to Eat.
In major cities, people waste a lot of time in traffic jams, especially during rush hours. This could also be an opportune time to boost your health and reduce stress. You can take a healthy snack preferably whole bread.
Fruit such as watermelons, oranges and passion control stress.
In addition, bananas are perfect laxatives; they have ingredients which relax the mind and boost the general mood of a person.
Take bites and make sure you enjoy every single bit of it. This way the body will be relaxed slowly. There will also be more positive energy relevant to controlling stress and other anxiety disorders. In the absence of snacks and fruits, a glass of fresh juice will do wonders.
• Play a Game on your Phone or iPad.
Mobile phones come in all shapes and sizes with different properties. They are also great in terms of gaming. Explore the different games on your phone or iPad.
Play a game or two. It is a perfect way to engage the mind and keeping the body relaxed, However, keep your car windows shut. There are people who may take advantage of traffic jams to snitch the gaming devices. It is good to be safe.
With the above, You don’t have to be anxious the next time traffic snarls up right in front of your face. Now you know how to have fun as you wait for it to clear.
Be as creative as possible, but remember to keep your eyes focused on the road in case traffic gets moving sooner than you think(-
Beat the boredom, enjoy yourself, but do not forget to follow the road rules too.