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    My drive to work just changed from 20 minutes each way to 45-60 minutes each way. I am accumulating stress very quickly from just this commute, not to mention my newer job is faster-paced and more stressful. Anybody have any tips for calming down during the commute, at the very least? My shoulders are extremely tight at 8am in the morning, before I even start work!
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    Air Horn... works for me =).
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    • #3
      loud aggressive rock music
      beautiful
      yeah you are

      Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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      • #4
        Listen to Robb Wolf's "Paleo Solution Podcast"
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        • #5
          i had the exact same change a little over a month ago. luckily, i pick up a kick ass radio station and that gets me focused. but, i know there are going to be days where i'm going to need more than that, so i'm going to head to my library and get some books on cd or something like that. if you're sitting in your car for that long, you might as well use your brain...listen to a story, learn a language, or the podcast idea from trpassasin is good too.
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          • #6
            Motorcycle. Split the lanes. Laugh at everybody stuck bumper-to-bumper.
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            • #7
              Just remember that getting mad at someone on the road only ruins your day, not theirs. They may not even know that they did anything wrong while you stew over it all day. Just let it go.
              Also driving the speed limit works for me; let everyone else wanting to drive 90 mph fight over lane changes and slower traffic.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                Just remember that getting mad at someone on the road only ruins your day, not theirs. They may not even know that they did anything wrong while you stew over it all day. Just let it go.
                Also driving the speed limit works for me; let everyone else wanting to drive 90 mph fight over lane changes and slower traffic.
                Yeah, that works for me, too. You end up with no traffic around you because everybody else is fighting each other in these 80mph little bubbles that form.

                I have an old pickup truck, 4cyl, 2wd. The speedometer only goes up to 85. I was driving across Utah where the speed limit is sometimes 80mph. No way am I going to go that fast in my old truck. I couldn't half the time even if I wanted to. On the grades I'm in the truck lane with all the slow trucks in 3rd gear chugging my way up. It's not so bad to go slow, really.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                  Yeah, that works for me, too. You end up with no traffic around you because everybody else is fighting each other in these 80mph little bubbles that form.

                  I have an old pickup truck, 4cyl, 2wd. The speedometer only goes up to 85. I was driving across Utah where the speed limit is sometimes 80mph. No way am I going to go that fast in my old truck. I couldn't half the time even if I wanted to. On the grades I'm in the truck lane with all the slow trucks in 3rd gear chugging my way up. It's not so bad to go slow, really.
                  No, it's not. I sometimes get caught up with keeping up with traffic and then I'll realize that I'm not in a hurry. I always try to leave in time to get where I'm going on time driving the speed limit. Maybe that's what over people do too, get caught up in a competitive driving game with others.
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                  • #10
                    I like most of the suggestions so far. Music, books on tape/cd, start learning a language etc. Make it a productive time! This is why I prefer driving Boyfriend's car over riding my scooter: there's nothing to entertain me on the scooter except my own thoughts.

                    I don't drive on the highway for my commute, so going the speed limit is actually my only option (30mph roads, and 30 mph scooter), but when I was still fairly new to driving last year, the commutes were a perfect time to practice/perfect my stopping and starting with a standard transmission. If you have access to a car with a standard transmission and have a lot of stop and start traffic, maybe you could use that time to teach yourself how to drive stick (if you don't already know) .
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                    • #11
                      I've always been a fairly aggressive, speedy driver, but when I moved to a very congested place - I did eventually learn that aggression == frustration. Slowing things down and timing myself helped me calm down alot. Trying to shave a bare couple minutes off my time wasn't worth the aggravation, and that's all it ever was - maybe 5 minutes max, but usually not more than 2 or 3. Definitely not enough time to be worth being in a p*ssy mood all morning.

                      Also - audio books rock. They make the commute fly by, and the narrator's voice overrides the angry commentary in your head. Not sure about where you live, but our library has lots of them that you can download for 30 days. You can put them on your phone and listen through your auxillary jack. I can also have my Kindle read me the economist or other magazines. The narration is like Stephen Hawkings, but you get used to it. In the afternoon though, we have a local radio show that I usually enjoy.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely try the podcast/audiobook suggestions because my music ain't cutting it. My situation is in congestion, not freeway distance, so it's extremely frustrating for me in terms of how some people move too slowly, cut-offs, etc.
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                        • #13
                          I'm with you on the commute. I currently drive 100 miles in LA traffic, work 90 minutes, then drive 100 miles home. So depending on the day it's around 4 hours in the car. I don't have any suggestions to offer, just able to sympathize.

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                          • #14
                            Draw crosshairs on the inside of your windshield with a dry erase marker, along with "Missiles Armed". Then attach a little button to your steering wheel or gear shifter.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                              Draw crosshairs on the inside of your windshield with a dry erase marker, along with "Missiles Armed". Then attach a little button to your steering wheel or gear shifter.
                              Brilliant!
                              If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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