With winter officially in our rear view mirror, we in the Midwest enter our beloved and dreaded second season: construction. Like us, our roadways and intersections are in need of a little TLC.
In Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo, many of our construction projects are necessary to main roads — including Main Avenue in Fargo, Sheyenne Street in West Fargo and Center Avenue in Moorhead — but still, the slowed traffic adds minutes and migraines for commuters. For stressed drivers, here’s seven things to do while waiting in morning, evening and train traffic .
1. Use voice assistantto create new lists
For all those productivity-obsessed people (like me🙋), sitting in traffic is enough to make your skin crawl. Instead of angrily tapping your fingers on the steering wheel consider using Siri - or Google Now if you’re android user - to make a new to-do list.
2. Listen to new and local podcasts
Podcasts, once a micro-section of the media landscape, now has more than 540,000 podcast according to Amplified Media. Today, locals like J.J. Gordon or Peter Schott are recording their own unique episodes to celebrate community events and stories.
3. Listen to the 'song of summer'
Well it might be too early to identify the ultimate 2019 anthem, it’s not too early to research tracks and artists.
"Summer songs are the soundtrack to fun in the sun," says Bill Lamb on Thoughtco.com. While genres and styles may vary, summer songs are feel-good and dance party favorites.
While it's still spring, start building the ultimate BBQ playlist. I recommend adding Lizzo’s “Juice” or “Soulmate” track off her sophomore album “Cuz I Love You.”
4. Stay up to date with news
Staying informed will help you to make decisions when planning out family events, voting on issues or hearing messages from local leaders. Tune to WDAY 970 AM to hear breaking features and local talk radio.
5. Talk to yourself (No, really do it.)
Talking to yourself during rush hour is perfectly normal. Dr. Jessica Nicolosi says we often talk to ourselves when we are experiencing a deepened emotion, such as anger, nervousness, extreme focus or excitement.
6. Breathe (Yes, that’s it.)
Breathing exercises from yoga or meditation do not have to stay on the mat. According to Harvard’s health blog breath focus is a common feature of several techniques that evoke the relaxation response.
To learn a breath focus technique try these steps.
- Take a normal breath
- Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully.
- Breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).
Once you've mastered that procedure, you can move on to a regular practice of controlled breathing and count the breaths by exhale (count 1), inhale (count 2), and continue till you reach 10. Then start over at one, and repeat.
7. Soak in the silence (It’s okay.)
In our constantly-connected world, creating an environment of complete silence is almost impossible. Although, you’ll still be surrounded by the jackhammer’s hum and general rhythmic clank of concrete breaking, it will be relatively quiet with the windows rolled up and the music turned down.
According to psychcentral.com from a physiological standpoint, silence helps:
- Lower blood pressure, which can help prevent heart attack
- Boost the body’s immune system
- Benefit brain chemistry by growing new cells
- Decrease stress by lowering blood cortisol levels and adrenaline
- Promote good hormone regulation and the interaction of bodily hormone-relate systems
- Prevent plaque formation in arteries.
While we can't control the speed at which summer construction projects are completed, we can do things to make our commute more enjoyable.
To find out more information about local construction projects visit the links below:
How do you spend the extra minutes on the road? Comment below.