If you’ve lived in the Denver Metro area for any length of time, or even if you haven’t, you may have noticed an increase in daily traffic. Well according to many predictors, including an article written by @JonMurray from the Denver Post, Denver’s population grew by 2.8% from July 2014-July 2015 and warns the “city’s growth only accelerated last year”. Since traffic is not going away, at least for now, then focus on controlling what you can by staying relaxed while stuck in traffic. Here are a few suggestions that have worked for me.
#1) Look at, admire and appreciate the view! While on a Denver highway, for at least 70% of the time, you can see the mountains <please insert your own adjectives to describe the mountains here>. The scenery has a calming effect and never gets old, even after living here for 12 years.
#2) Workout! Doing some simple contract and release muscle tightening exercises are not only safe to do while driving, but can also be relaxing, distracting your mind by engaging your body in something other than the frustration we allow traffic to cause us. Core/abdominal muscles work great and even kegel exercises. Watch Video
#3) Listen to a book, blog or read something! Hearing and engaging your mind on something other than horns honking is an awesome stress-reliever and productive way to relax while in traffic. There is a plethora of audio books available both online and at your local library. On that same note, there are a few good text reading smartphone apps available and not all of them sound 20th century robotic. If you are willing to drop a few bucks, a couple even sound human, almost.
#4, #5 & #6) And finally, three of my favorite recommended pastimes you can do safely while stuck in traffic are of course breathing, stretching and self-massage. I have much to say about each of these topics near and dear to me. Stay tuned for detailed instructions and maybe even a few demonstrations on several safe techniques for each of these in future blog posts.
I’d love to read your ways of staying relaxed while in traffic or any suggested exercises you can safely do while driving, so please share below!