Road rage happens to everyone at one point or another. It’s easy to get frustrated, angry, upset, and downright mad at traffic when you feel like you have no control. This goes double for traffic jams. Getting stuck in unmoving columns of traffic is among the most frustrating ways to end your workday, so it can be hard to keep your cool in these situations.
So, what can you do to stay calm and pass the time while you’re in heavy traffic? Here are a few of our top tips.
Crank up the radio with your favorite low-tempo tunes. Try to stick to music that’s calming, though. It’s best to not get your heart rate pumping when you’re sitting in start-and-stop traffic. After all, getting too amped up could just make your road rage worse.
Try to set up some playlists full of your favorite calming songs. Consider picking softer tracks that usually get your mood up, or your favorite songs from childhood. These can be a great way to help you relax and just focus on the traffic at hand.
Anger management techniques can work very well. For instance, you could try reciting a mantra. Anything that you find to be a calming and helpful phrase can work for this. You could try something overtly calming like “I am done with work and on my way home,” or “Traffic is temporary, and I will make it through this.”
Repeating this phrase internally could help you be more rational about the situation ahead of you. Just having something else to focus on other than the frustration of being unable to progress through traffic can go a long way to helping you calm down.
If you have a hands-free phone set up in your car, you could call a friend to have a chat while traffic is keeping you from doing much else. Maybe you’ve been wanting to catch up with your friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Or, maybe you need to make plans with family for the holidays.
Whatever it may be, calling a friend to talk instead of focusing on how frustrating your situation is can really help out when you’re stuck in traffic. You might even find yourself driving without even thinking about the traffic because you’re now just focusing on your conversation instead of worrying about the traffic jam!
The most important thing is to keep your eyes on the road and try to remain calm. Don’t try to zoom past people or make sudden moves to get around other drivers. The only thing worse than a traffic jam is getting into an accident during a traffic jam!