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14 Ways To Have A Zen Journey

It’s easy to get wound up on London’s roads. But there are ways to make your journey more zen. It starts with learning how to Share The Road.

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1. Drive slower to get there quicker

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Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), says traffic moves faster if everyone drives slower. Why? Most traffic jams happen because people are trying to drive fast into slow-moving traffic. Driving at a slower pace your whole journey will eliminate these traffic pockets.

3. Try Walkit

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Walkit.com will give you either the faster, lowest polluted or most scenic route to your destination (depending which option you click) and its directions are easy to follow because they use landmarks and buildings. Eg. "Pass the Old Crown Pub on your right".

5. Take up a photo challenge

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Like the #100DayPhotoChallenge, where participants try to upload something nice or heart-warming to their social media every day for 100 days. When you start to actively look out for random acts of London kindness, interesting buildings and cool graffiti to snap, you'll start to look at the city in a whole new light.

6. Find the best looking person in the traffic jam

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A 2007 Nottingham University study found an easy way to beat traffic-induced rage is to look around and try to spot someone attractive. It's an instant stress-melter. Just remember: look, but don't stare. You don't want to be that guy…

7. Treat yourself along the way

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Plan your journey so that you go past a few ‘treat points’ on the way: like that busker who always seems to be playing your tune, your favourite coffee shop or through the park where you can walk along the river and watch the ducks paddle by.

8. Load your iPod up with classical music…

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… or jazz. The Journal of Advanced Nursing says these melodic beats actually reduce your blood pressure and cut your stress levels. Other genres, like rap and dance music, send your anger-levels soaring. For safety's sake, listen to them before your journey to put yourself in a zen frame of mind, or when you get home to chill out - not when you're on the road.

9. Count to 10 in French

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Your mum told you to count to 10 to calm your temper, but counting to 10 in a foreign language reduces stress even more - because it distracts your brain and gives you a new, easier task to complete.

11. Carpool with a workmate

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A University of Michigan study found gossiping with co-workers reduces stress and promotes team-bonding. Plus, you're less likely to throw a paddy and smack that horn if you've got Jim from Accounts sitting there watching.

Isn’t it time we all learned how to #ShareTheRoad

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