Most of us spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Driving a car can be very stressful situation, but there are some things you can do to relax while driving.
Try those tips and relax while driving:
- driving home will be much more pleasant
- you will be much more relaxed when you get home
How to relax while driving
Turn off disturbing noise
Sometimes silence is exactly what you need to relax while driving. Silence helps to calm down your mind and enables you to concentrate on something positive – think positive thoughts. In case you want to listen to some music, listen to soft music or books on tape.
Take deep breaths at stoplights
Deep breathing is a great way to relax while driving home. It makes the mind and body more relaxed and calm. It is one of the easiest and most natural stress relief methods. Take in a deep breath through your nose, then exhale through your mouth, counting for about four seconds on each phase (in and out). Repeat this about 20 or 30 times.
Practice hand exercises
Another great way to spend your time, while standing at a stoplight or in traffic, is practising hand exercises. Stretch your arms over the top of the steering wheel and spread and stretch your fingers. Hold, flex and repeat. Hand exercises also help to prevent computer-related injuries.
Look for the beauty
Capture one pleasant moment on your drive to work or home. Notice the sunlight or the color of the sky. It will soften the pressure of going where you’re going and helps you to relax while driving.
Your car is a perfect place to practice singing privately. Singing a few verses of your favourite song will take your mind off work or other things that are bothering you.
Add natural scents to your vehicle
While driving, the most calming scents for reducing stress while still staying alert include:
- Peppermint has been proven to keep you alert and also decrease stress.
- Lemon and coffee help drivers achieve high concentration levels and clear thinking.