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November 3, 2021

On The Road To Better Mental Health

On The Road To Better Mental Health

As our lives become more stressful than ever before, there is an increasing focus on mental health and personal wellbeing.

One way that can help people improve their mental health and reduce their stress and anxiety is through mindfulness. This practice enables people to be more present, responsive and effective in everything they do – including driving.

An increased awareness of the present moment can help people enjoy the world around them more, and also help them understand themselves better.

To explore how such practices can take the stress out of driving and make journeys more enjoyable, we recently developed the Mindfulness Concept Car.

Man sitting in a car


Now, we have put together a list of driving tips to add the key practices of mindfulness to your daily driving, as a way to help your personal wellbeing.

Mindful Driving Tips

  • When entering the vehicle, take a few moments to breathe and get settled in the seat.
  • Notice your body, your posture and how you are holding the steering wheel, and try to ease any tension points.
  • Notice the world around you, other drivers and road users, the scenery, the flow of traffic, and actively try to enjoy it all.
  • In challenging situations, try to react with empathy and kindness, in ways you would like others to react to you.
  • Develop mindfulness rituals for your driving, such as taking deep breaths when the vehicle is at a traffic light, using stop signs as a visual reminder to refocus, or driving in silence to help you tune in better to your surroundings.
  • Try something new by taking different routes, or leave earlier in order to take a more scenic route to your destination.
  • Enjoy life in the slow lane. Driving just under the speed limit helps take away a lot of tension, as rushing often leads to stress.
  • Turn any negative emotions and reactions into positive ones by wishing all the other roads users well.
  • Be grateful when arriving at your destination and take a few moments to breathe and reflect on the journey.

 

The content and information on this blog is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute medical or professional advice on mental health of any kind

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