I know for a fact that driving can be stressful. I don’t drive, but I’ve seen my younger sister, my brother-in-law, my friends, and some taxi drivers heave a sigh of dissatisfaction, grumble, or even curse when someone cuts them off or when they’re caught in heavy traffic. There are simple yoga techniques, however, to combat the stress one feels when driving. Ford Motor Company shares the following yoga exercises to help drivers effectively deal with stress:
Auto-Yoga 1: Breathing
Breathing is key when combating stress, so it’s important to first start with a relaxed rhythm to help calm you down. Take long, slow, deep breaths to immediately release tension. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth for at least four counts. Breathing regularly will help soothe your brain and body to cope with traffic jam stress.
Auto-Yoga 2: Your Neck
After a long day sitting at the office, your neck is prone to be tense. With both hands on the wheel, keep your shoulders down and slowly roll your head in a full circle, in both directions. If there’s a certain spot that needs some extra stretching, hold your stretch a bit longer. Then, keeping both hands on the wheel, twist to the right and left, as if you’re checking your blind spots.
Auto-Yoga 3: Your Back
When you are at a complete stop, raise your hands up and inhale deeply. While you exhale, fold your body forward so that your upper body is hanging over the steering wheel. Take a few deep breaths; this will loosen up your muscles. Then cross one arm across your chest and use the other to pull your elbow in toward the body and reverse. This weight of the pull will release tension in your lower back.
Auto-Yoga 4: Hands and Feet
Driving requires using both your hands and feet, so it’s important that they are not stiff and tense. At a complete stop, clasp your hands together and rotate them twisting in a circular motion. This will help to release tension and circulate blood flow. At a complete stop where you’re able to put your car in park, do the same with your feet, twist each foot in circular motions.
Reaching your destination with less stress is possible with these auto-yoga techniques.