Helpful Driving Tips To Help Reduce Stress

April 23rd, 2020 by

If you have been keeping up with the national news updates about Covid-19 and all the effects it has had on American society, you likely find yourself a bit stressed and overwhelmed with uncertainty. There are several ways to cope with the daily stress. One way is to take a nice drive. This suggestion gets you out of the house, plus it is a safe way to practice social distancing. It’s a stress-busting two-fer. To get the most out of your leisurely drive, your friends at Crain Hyundai in Conway suggest some good tips to make your drive a time of relaxation. Remember: at Crain Hyundai Conway, are here for you and to assist you with your vehicle needs. You can count on that!

BREATHING EXERCISES: Doing some deep breathing is one the most fundamental ways to relieve stress. It’s easy, free and really does help. When driving, it is a time to reflect on your thoughts and refocus. This will be a great time to take deep, cleansing breaths. One method to try is to take in a deep breath through your nose for a count of five, hold for three, breathe out firmly but slowly for another count to five and then repeat. This will not only feed oxygen to your bloodstream and to your vitals, it is a good way to release tension. It is similar to the beginning steps of meditation. 

STOPLIGHT STRETCH: We, all, know that muscle tension is caused by stress, eithers headaches or back and shoulder aches. Stress can take a toll on our minds and bodies. While taking a leisure drive, every time you catch a stoplight, make it a habit to do the Stoplight Stretch. The Stoplight Stretch is when you grip the steering wheel hard and tense every muscle from head to toe. Hold your muscles tight and count to seven. As you exhale, release all your tensed muscles simultaneously. You will actually feel the tension drain from your body. Repeat the process as many times you need before the light turns green. 

TRY CLASSICAL MUSIC WHILE DRIVING: When one thinks about classical music, they think of stiffly-dressed, aristocratic gatherings, and powdered wigs. Believe it or not, studies show that listening  to classical music actually can reduce your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels as compared to listening to other music genres. So it might be a good time to give a shot at listening to the musical compositions of Mozart or Beethoven while taking a nice drive through the country.  

Your friends at Crain Hyundai Conway understand that these are times of uncertainty. One thing is for sure, we are here for our customers, beloved community, and ready to be at your assistance. Hopefully these suggestions of relieving stress will help you during your daily routines. Crain Hyundai Conway wishes all the best for you and yours, we send good thoughts your way. If ever in need of a quality, reliable vehicle, Crain Hyundai in Conway is here to help you!