Handling Driver’s Stress

May 22, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Managing stress is a difficult task most face every day. However, this becomes even more difficult the second we get behind the wheel. Driving can create additional anxiety which can make life that much tougher. It is important to understand these feelings and work to control, and eventually minimize, that source of stress in your life.

Crazy traffic, detours, and parking issues are all problems we face so often, they have become a part of our daily routine. Unfortunately, these small irritants come together to create a bigger problem our minds under extra stress day after day. It is up to each person to choose to actively combat the stress associated with driving, because it is not without consequences. When driving emotionally, you are more likely to get in an accident or experience road rage. Luckily, much of the stress on the roads can be avoided with these simple tips.If it is a short drive, try walking. Not only will you enjoy the exercise, but your mind will love the break.
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  • Put the phone down. This not only causes anxiety, but it makes the drive more dangerous. The goal is to keep everyone safe.
  • Try to stay away from problematic drivers. Do not engage in honking or other forms of emotional driving. Try your best to keep calm even if the situation is not ideal.
  • If you are taking a road trip, plan for rest stops. Not only do you need to stretch your legs, but your mind needs to rest. Avoid anxiety by taking 15 minutes every couple of hours.

While limiting stress while driving may seem like a daunting task, it is one that is very important. Almost everyone on the road has experienced anxiety in the car, and would be safer if they could put their mind at ease. Next time you are in the car, take a few moments to de-stress. Your mind will surely thank you!

Guest Blogger, Stephanie Patek

Stephanie is a well-being enthusiast with a mission is to help others pushHeadshot2017 past unhealthy obstacles. Serving as Manager of Wellness Operations for ease@work, a local Cleveland-based employee assistance program, she has surprising insight into how various organizations work and thrive. With a passion for presenting and spreading wellness knowledge, she is speaker, fitness coach, and consultant. With two little boys offering a challenge to her fitness regimen, she’s learned to creatively squeeze in a daily calorie burn. A native Pittsburger (oh no!), she has come to love Cleveland and call it home.


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