Few things can incite rage in otherwise calm, even-tempered folks faster than being stuck in traffic. If you live in or around Nashville, it’s a feeling you’ve probably become all too familiar with in recent years. As the city’s popularity soars, so does its traffic woes with more and more people sharing the roads.
Pro Tip: A traffic app like Waze can tell you if there’s an alternate route that could be faster. You might be surprised to find a backroad or shortcut you didn’t know about.
The next time you find yourself in a sea of barely moving cars on your morning commute, remember: anger isn’t the only way! There’s no quick fix for being stuck in traffic (why are flying hoverboards still not a thing yet?), but there are some things you can do to make it more bearable. Here are 4 ways to keep your cool in Nashville traffic:
It’s easier said than done, but these mini-relaxation exercises from Harvard Health Publications can help you de-stress while you sit in traffic. Here’s one to try: Place your hand below your navel to feel the rise and fall of your breaths. Breathe in and hold for three seconds. Breathe out and hold for three seconds. Continue doing this for one minute and you should start to feel more relaxed.
- Do an Ab Workout
Nope, we’re not joking. If your commute time is preventing you from getting to the gym as often as you’d like, you can still use your extra time in the driver’s seat to work some muscles! One way to flatten your stomach while you drive is by doing seated pelvic tilts: Breathe in through your nose. While breathing out through pursed lips, pull your navel back into your spine. Push your hips forward, with very little movement in the legs, as if you were trying to tuck an invisible tail under. Hold for a few seconds and slowly release.
- Sing Your Heart Out
Because when else do you get to sing at the top of your lungs like no one’s listening? Scan the radio for a tune you can really jam to (we’d suggest an irresistible 80’s classic like Toto’s “Africa”) and belt it out as if you’re starring in your own music video. Take it a step further by making your own playlist for the road in advance so you never have a shortage of hits to sing along to on your commute.
- Listen and Learn
Between podcasts and audiobooks, the possibilities are endless when it comes to stuff you can learn in your car! Most podcasts and podcast episodes are free to download, and it doesn’t cost anything to check out audiobooks from the Nashville Public Library. So why not use that extra time on the road to learn something new?
Besides frustrating traffic and longer commutes, more drivers on the road also means more chances of getting in an accident. Make sure you’re protected with an affordable auto insurance policy from Direct! Stop by one of our convenient Nashville store locations, call 1-877-GO-DIRECT, or visit DirectGeneral.com to get your free quote.