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Out, Out, Damn Tension
As youre sitting at a red light, grip the steering wheel tightly, hunch your shoulders up toward your ears, and scrunch up your face to exaggerate the feeling of tension in your body. Even curl your toes in and tighten your calvessqueeze everything you can possibly squeeze. Then with a big exhale and/or sigh, let every ounce of that effort go and feel the tension being whisked out of your body. Then, like the shampoo bottle says, rinse and repeat.
Green Means Breathe
Use some mundane part of driving as a reminder to take a deep breath. It could be every time the light turns green, or you turn on your blinker, or you change lanes. (If youre a city dweller and dont drive much, you can do this on the bus or train and take a breath every time they announce the next stop.) Its kind of like the college drinking game where you watch a TV show and everyone takes a sip when the lead character says his trademark line only better for you.
Wed all like to have better posture. Take your car time as an opportunity to hone your ability to sit up tall. As youre driving, bring your awareness to lifting the back of your neck up. This basic adjustment ripples all the way down your spine and helps it unfurl to its maximum length. Keep checking in with this spot as you drive youll find again and again that youve sunk back down into your usual slouch. Just start again. It becomes an exercise for your mind as much as for your body.
Blow Off Steam
You kinda need to be alone in the car for this one. (And you probably dont want to be on public transportation.) If youre frustrated or anxious or stressed about anything, let it out by making a noise. It could be a scream, a groan, a sigh, or a whinny. Theres no right way to do it. The only direction I have for you is to do it with the intention of releasing whatevers bothering you so you can move on. When I did a house-sitting stint in LA, I started to relish my freeway time because I could make all these noises that I would never allow myself to make if I were within hearing distance of other people. Letting out a big ole roar is incredibly cathartic, if a little odd. If youre scratching your head at this one, just try it.