Continuation of a series of practical recommendations: how to usefully spend time in traffic jams, spending it on removing emotional stress /
The car plug is a great opportunity to learn a foreign language, and not even one, to finish reading an interesting book or to remove a couple thousand unnecessary messages from a mailbox. And yet, standing in a traffic jam, you can get rid of stress. These four simple anti-stress exercises can be done on the way to work or just during a trip through the evening city.
Stopping at the red light at the intersection, tightly squeeze the steering wheel. Then hunched, lifting your shoulders to your ears, and put on your face exaggerated grimace, as if your whole body hurts. Do not hesitate to replay: bend your toes and strain your shins, as if you are experiencing unbearably unpleasant sensations. Then relax all muscles with a deep exhalation or inhalation. Feel how all the tension in the body dissolves. If it did not help the first time – repeat.
To adjust breathing
Remember the game from American films, where the characters watch movies together, tipping the glass every time they hear the hero’s favorite phrase? Let’s borrow from them this principle. On the trip, use any familiar external signal as a reminder that it’s time to take a deep breath: the traffic light, the turn signal turn on, the rebuilding into another row. In this game you can play, even if you prefer the traffic jams or the train: take a deep breath every time you announce the next stop.
Of course, we all dream to walk with a straight back and not to hear in my head formidable mother’s cry from childhood “Do not slouch!”. Ironically, a trip in the car is a great opportunity to practice in improving posture. At the wheel, draw attention to the neck (just do not be distracted from the road!) – and pull it up. This simple movement helps to straighten the spine. Often pay attention to the back of the neck, and soon you will find yourself constantly stooping and “spreading” over the car seat. In such cases, just repeat the stretching.
For this exercise it is better to be in the car alone. Feeling irritated, restless or stressed, make sounds. Scream, moan, sigh, snarl or mutter deafeningly. There are no special rules here – just do everything that will help to relieve tension. No matter how stupid it may seem to you, American psychologists insist that this exercise is worth trying. Firstly, often a trip in your car is one of the few moments when we are alone. And secondly, the effect of such a “release of steam” will be compared with a productive session of psychotherapy.