Transit delays are sometimes inevitable. No matter how good the weather is, or how well-conditioned the transportation vehicle, there will be times when unexpected circumstances arrive. As they say, “Things happen.”
We all know that life is unpredictable. Still, we couldn’t deny the fact that we’re all destined to feel frustrated when delays arise. When negative emotions conquer our mind, guess what? Here we go, stress!
Since April is the Stress Awareness Month, why don’t we talk about relieving stress caused by transit delays? Great idea! Here are a couple of tips.
1. Think of something to do instead of waiting
We know you’ve been waiting for that package or say, you’ve been aiming to get home soon. Instead of burning your hours waiting or filling your thoughts with a bunch of negative things while, do you have anything productive to work on during the down time? “Proceed without the stuff you need” in any way that you can. At the very least, relax. Enjoy the down time, read a book, call an old friend.
2. Focus on the SOLUTION, not the PROBLEM
When delays occur we tend to lose ourselves. How can we prevent natural frustrations? You can’t completely. However, you can shift your mind from thinking of the problem into thinking of the possible solutions. In this way, we can evade stress and possibly find solutions.
3. Accept and LET GO
Sometimes stress is inevitable. Often times the easiest way to stress relief is to acknowledge the situation. “It is what it is.” In doing so you often find the fastest path to putting stress behind you.
Transit delay? Accept, and then let go of it. Forget what happened. Sure, it may not be the ideal situation, but after all, it’s not the end of the world, right? So why stress over something that is out of your control. The only thing you can manage is what is within your control.
Stress Awareness Month is here.
You only live once, so don’t live a stressful life.