5 Simple Ways to Save Your Sanity While Stuck in Heavy Traffic Jam

Note from Founder: Special Guest Post from freelance writer, Ann Joy Perez.



Being stuck in heavy traffic jam will surely ruin your day no matter how well you’ve started it. Even when the car air conditioner gives off cool air, you will be so frustrated and feel hot to the point that you’re burning inside, experiencing hell on earth. In this article, we will discuss some tips and activities you can do to while you’re in traffic.

1. Look for alternative routes.

Listen to the radio news intently. Search for channels announcing traffic information on the routes to your destination. If you have a GPS in your car, set the recommended routes on the device at once for you to follow suit. Also, you can refer to the taxi drivers beside you or other drivers for suggestions. Better yet, if you have a mobile app on your smart phone which can detect the paths with the heaviest traffic at that specific time, avoid them and follow through with alternatives.

2. Sing along to songs over the radio.

Not every car has an MP3 player, Bluetooth technology capable of connecting your music player to your car’s audio system and other high-technology devices, but almost every car has an in-built radio. Why not take the opportunity to sing when you’re all alone? Singing will somehow ease your anger and tension. Take on high notes and see how high your vocal cords can reach. Simply, have fun.

3. Listen to a podcast.

Before you leave the house, make sure that you have podcast and/or other audio educational or learning materials that you can utilize while in the traffic. iTunes, for instance, offers a lot of free podcasts from universities, professionals, educators, experienced individuals and entertainers. If your mobile phone has Internet access, you can even stream the episodic series of your favorite speaker and download it to your library. Use the time to get as much information to further your knowledge at some things. This can range from learning a new language, learning how to have a more positive mindset, how to sell efficiently, etc.

4. Reflect on things in life.

Maybe you’re so busy every day that you miss to have reflections on what you do, your relationships with your family, friends, colleagues at work, and the community. By thinking about the wrong and the right things you have accomplished, you are improving your personality and outlook to become a better individual. In addition, you can meditate, set priority tasks and be compelled to plan for the near future with a lighter mood and apt preparation. Jot these reflections and thoughts down on your journal (either digital or paper-based) and review them at the end of the day or share them with someone you trust.

5. Eat.

In your car, you must always have something to chow and chew on. Eating generally makes us happier. With more energy, we can think clearer and act with more vigor. If you don’t have anything from your fridge, buy food from the nearby drive-thru and eat the food while trapped in the traffic jam.

All good things happen to those who wait—patiently. So don’t let your frustration lead to anger and be patient instead. Do things that are useful to kill boredom and spend your time wisely while waiting for the red light to turn green.


Ann Joy Perez is an alumna from Arellano University Philippines, a former Marketing Assistant and a 25 year old, single.

She is into almost all types of Music especially love songs. She also love playing basketball, video games,watching entertainment and films.watching news tv and reading news paper is one of her favorite hobby and also she loves to eat. Follow her interests on her Tumblr.


  1. Lianne says:

    I love the “Eat” bullet. ;) Seriously, though, I listen to inspirational talks while I’m stuck in traffic. Topics on enjoying life more, living life to the fullest and unleashing your potential are among my favorites.
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