Road rage is a term generally used to describe the emotional and physical response to another driver that causes you to become angry and frustrated. It’s natural for drivers who are in close proximity with each other on the road, especially during rush hour traffic, to feel some tension between them. But if you find yourself feeling angry at every other car out there or becoming infuriated by other drivers’ mistakes, then it might be time to take a step back and ask yourself how you can change your perspective on driving.
If you’re experiencing extreme feelings of anger every day while commuting, then maybe it’s time to consider looking into alternative modes of transportation like public transit or biking so that your daily commute doesn’t put an extra burden on your mental health!
- Recognize your triggers – what causes you to get angry and frustrated on the road
- Keep a journal of your feelings after an episode of rage so you can identify patterns in behavior that lead to anger
- Practice deep breathing before getting into traffic, this will help calm down the body when it’s reacting to stress
- Use music as a distraction while driving; listen to upbeat songs or podcasts instead of talk radio
- Make time for yourself by scheduling regular breaks from work during heavy workloads or long days behind the wheel
- If possible, avoid peak hours for travel like rush hour and holidays where there is more congestion on roads and highways
There’s a difference between being kind and giving someone space because they need it, and taking the easy way out by cutting them off. If you find that in your life people often push past boundaries (either yours or theirs), then this will help give yourself some much-needed space between incidents where people were trying their best but just couldn’t get things right—and inadvertently hurt others as well.