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Changing It Up a Bit

by Jonathan on August 5, 2011 · 5 comments

On Tuesday, I decided to change up my drive to work, by taking a different way home. The change was welcome indeed. Not only does my new route take the same amount of time as the old one, it is far less busy and stressful. I’ve been on a mission to remove stress from my life lately, and this is a large step toward it.

I have a confession to make, I abhor traffic. It’s sickening to look at, and even worse to drive through. I can’t even drive on interstates, due to the horrid drivers and high speeds, so I take state highways, and sometimes county roads.

My old route was fraught with traffic, as it’s the main route through the city I work in. The posted speed limit is 55, and it’s very busy. It goes right through a hub of businesses, from Walmart to Lowes to all sorts of restaurants, complete with half a dozen stop lights, and so it’s the place where everyone must go. And go they do, often at speeds much faster than 55. Personally I went about 45-50, and would always hold up traffic. It got very annoying to have people huffing away behind me, but I didn’t change how I drove just for them.

I just changed where I drove. I found a road that parallels the old route I took, probably the old main route before the ‘newer and better’ two lane road took it’s place. NO ONE drives on it….it’s really sad, but also great because I don’t have to deal with anyone developing ulcers because I take it easy and drive safely.

My advice to you is, don’t be afraid to try something new. Try changing up one thing in your routine, to see if you can remove some stress. It will make all the difference in the world.

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Jeff @ Sustainable life blog August 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

I hate traffic too – I always try to go the way that will have the lowest amount of stoplights and signs. Usually where I live, there isnt much traffic to begin with, though.


Jonathan August 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I used to live in a very rural area, and miss it quite a bit. It’s strange but I used to hate rural living. Our house is pretty rural, but there is still to much activity for my tastes..


gharkness August 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

One way I get away from traffic and lower stress is to travel at times when other people don’t. For example, I live in very large city, and I have found that in order to avoid traffic, I have to leave at 6:00 am – no later – on the way to work. Now, why all these people are in such a huge rush to get TO work is a mystery to me :-)

So, since I arrive at work so early, I do get to leave before the biggest going-home rush, but even still, there’s a lot of traffic. So, my choice is: 70 mph on the interstate, or lots of traffic and lights and stop-and-go and more time on the way home. So, going home, I hit the interstate and get it over with, while on my way in the mornings, it’s slow and easy on the side streets.


Jonathan August 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm


I try to do this as well. Leaving at 6:20 or so I can usually avoid most traffic, however the closer to work I get, the more there tends to be.


Kristina August 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Less traffic is definitely the way to go! :) I take the side streets as much as I can, leads to a lot less stress for me!


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