4 Ways to Hit the Brakes on Horrible Commutes
Use a Traffic Buddy
Think we’re recommending a traffic navigation app? Think again. The one thing all commutes have in common is stress, so meet your new traffic buddy: inner peace. Download Headspace, a popular audio-meditation app that helps you zip your way to Zen.
Laugh, Think, Learn
Spotify’s comedy section is a goldmine of laughs. Comedian gigs are sorted by albums — begin from the first track of each album to let the jokes flow naturally from start to finish.
For the feel-good factor, the inspiring TED Talks series of podcasts offers clever ideas and insights that will jump start your day in a positive way. Download a free podcast app such as Stitcher to get started.
The Scent of Sanity
When a fellow driver cuts you off, take a deep breath — literally. Peppermint-scented car fragrances have the dual effect of keeping you alert on the road while soothing your nerves at the same time.
While you’re at it, get rid of unwanted funk — traces of your last takeout, perhaps? — by placing packets of activated charcoal underneath the seats.
Green Tea and Chill
Fill up your tumbler with green tea instead of coffee on your next commute. Not only do you get your usual caffeine fix, you’ll also benefit from L-theanine. This stress-reducing compound will make you less likely to see red at the red light.