As COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more prevalent and life is returning to normal, more people will be driving on the road. We want to take this opportunity to minimize the likelihood of individuals being overwhelmed with emotions while driving.
First, recognize that driving can be stressful and that other drivers can heighten our emotions. Try to have empathy and assume it’s not on purpose if someone cuts you off or hits the brakes. It may be due to an unknown reason you aren’t aware of. Humans naturally make mistakes and you might find yourself in their position in the future.
It may be beneficial to ease your emotions while driving by creating a peaceful environment that stimulates all your senses.
- Listen to calm music or an audiobook to keep yourself relaxed but alert.
- Find a scent you like and purchase a car air freshener or essential oil diffuser to lift your mood
- Get a stress ball or a worry stone to keep you present and relieve your anger
- Keep your vehicle’s interior clean and tidy to help you feel in control
- Have snacks, drinks, gum or mints on hand to keep yourself stimulated while driving
Finally, one of the best ways to keep yourself calm and stress-free while driving is to plan for traffic.
Here are additional resources for dealing with stress:
- If you are experiencing suicidal ideations please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
- Mental Health America has an online stress management program with tips on healthy practices to manage your mental health.
- Greater Good Magazine has a large collection of research-based articles and expert opinions on mental health.
- Download Calm on your phone to help you reduce anxiety and improve your focus.
At JRM&A we lead with compassionate, personalized counselling to help you build on your strengths and achieve your personal growth goals. Schedule your appointment with us today by going online or calling us at (650) 386-6753.
Let us know if this blog has helped you and what tips you use on your drives in the future!
By Nick Watkins, AMFT; edited by Hadley McKinnon