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TELEPORTATION AND TRAFFIC Helpful Techniques We Can Use in the Meantime

psychological well-being. People can experience stress, anxiety, and anger from sitting in traffic, which is not only detrimental to health but can also lead to poor road choices. The new school year means that we’ll all be spending a little more time in traffic than we’d like, but there are a few ways we can counter the stress that comes with it. I’ve found one of the best ways to reduce the stress caused by moving a few feet every 30 minutes is to avoid traffic as much as you possibly can. This might mean finding alternative routes to work, school, the gym, or any other destinations you have, but the benefits mean less irritation and more productive time spent elsewhere. But even with the best planning in the world, no one can avoid traffic forever. You’ll find yourself stuck in several miles of backed up traffic more than once in your life. Situations like this can be extremely aggravating, but, as I wrote earlier, our reactions to them are important. Just as no one wants to sit in traffic for hours on end, no one wants to get into an accident either. There are several methods people can use to turn this otherwise awful circumstance into one that, while not necessarily positive, is much less bleak. One of the best ways to approach traffic congestion is to look at it from another angle. While you’re stuck in traffic, you can enjoy listening to a book from Audible or on tape, finish up the latest episode of the podcast you’ve been following, or continue to jam out to some of your favorite tunes. If you’re growing impatient or

If I could have any superpower in the world, teleportation would be my choice, hands down, mostly because traffic is so bad. I joke about having the ability to teleport with Melissa all the time. It would be so much easier to just blink and be at a place without having to commute for two hours. I find myself wanting this power more and more as traffic gets worse and worse, especially around this time of year. We’ve had a bit of a reprieve over the past few summer months with the kiddos being out of school, but now it’s officially back-to-school month, which means we’re looking at traffic picking up. No one enjoys sitting in traffic, and I think that teleporting would take the edge off of everyone who would otherwise be sitting in their cars for hours at a time. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Americans spend relatively 42 hours a year stuck in traffic. So many hours being spent in congested traffic often impacts a person’s

angry, blocking out the traffic noise around you can be a great way to calm yourself down. Try listening to calming music or ambient sounds while taking deep breaths and relaxing any stiffness in your body, like the tight grip on the wheel. Typically, traffic is one of the most unpleasant things everyone will experience, but we can also try to do our best to make the most of it. While having the ability to teleport would remove traffic entirely, sadly, it isn’t something we can enjoy – yet. In the meantime, we’ll make do with what we have to make our commutes as enjoyable as possible. Drive safe out there, and good luck to all the students starting a new semester!

“We’ve had a bit of a reprieve over the past few summer months with the kiddos being out of school, but now it’s officially back- to-school month, which means we’re looking at traffic picking up.”

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