One minute, you’re driving in the streets of Los Angeles while singing to the tune of Cruisin’ with your favorite burrito or person when suddenly… you’re not cruising anymore. Traffic jams can take you out unguarded and ruin your mood, not to mention your entire day.
In L.A., traffic congestion has already been part of one’s everyday life, right? From the endless photos, social media rants, movie car chases, and true-to-life suspect pursuits broadcasted through a helicopter on the 5 p.m. news, driving in Los Angeles traffic is nearly inevitable.
As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them! Avoid getting stressed out and giving in to road rage by knowing the best time to drive in L.A. traffic. How do you say?
Here are some useful tips to get you through your congested commute!
Choose the right playlist.
Desperate times call for drastic measures–and we mean music. Listening to tunes can help you fight building stress back. But it’s not enough to play any music available. You need to pick the right kind.
There was a survey conducted that concluded that those drivers who listen to hip-hop, rock or heavy metal were more likely to get involved in traffic accidents. Not only that, but it can also increase your stress feels even more.
Therefore you should listen to tracks that are softer and more soothing like light retro music, and gentle, slow-paced, instrumental songs. You can search for and download playlists on Spotify or iTunes that will fit your taste. So go ahead and sing your stress away!
Have food and drinks near you.
PAUSE for a minute there! Before anything else, it’s important to point out that even though not illegal, eating and drinking while driving can have legal consequences. If it is proved that your actions pose a danger to other people, you could be fined.
So given that thought, make sure that your travel is a happier experience by keeping some snacks near you. This comes in handy when you find yourself trapped in a traffic jam. By having something to chew on while you wait for it to decongest, you’ll feel a whole lot better. We mean, it’s food! Who wouldn’t feel better after eating?
Relax your mind and breathe–a lot.
It’s a typical reaction to get a bit pissed off when you get caught in traffic, especially if you’re late for work or an essential appointment. Despite that, it’s still better to take deep breaths, clear your mind and relax.
Also, take note that meditation helps to reduce stress. But of course, you can’t completely zone out while you’re in the middle of the road. Just pay extra attention to anything around you, and be aware of your breathing. Don’t forget that if the cars start moving, refocus back to driving.
Use an air freshener.
Studies are showing that lavender can help ease anxiety and reduce blood pressure, therefore can calm you down when you get congested in traffic. So what are you waiting for? Plug in an air freshener now to lighten up both your mood and the smell of the car!
Remember that it’s useless to rant out or blame the cops, traffic signals, public transport vehicles, roads under construction and narrow paths when you’re stuck in heavy traffic. It will only take out a lot of energy from you.
Instead, try to act like a calm mom in the midst of bickering children. You can’t change things, get rid of the congestion or fly away through fighting and accusing others. So stay chill and ignore the stressful world out there.
Now, the next time you get caught up in heavy traffic, don’t take the stress out on yourself. Use these tips to be happy, and calm! And if you also want to avoid the hassle of coming home to a dirty home, call in the professionals to take care of the job!