Dr Oz: How To Zen Out While Stuck In Traffic
Dr. Oz said that if sitting in traffic is a regular occurrence for you, you’re certainly not alone. The average commuter in America spends 42 hours a year in traffic. That could mean almost five working days a year getting stressed out by traffic. That’s exactly why Dr Oz brought in Pedram Shojai, The “Urban Monk,” to share his tips on how to “zen out” or stay calm and meditate while sitting in traffic After all, all that time spent frustrated between cars puts you at risk for an increased risk of obesity, stress, insomnia, and loneliness.
Dr Oz: How To Meditate When Stuck In Traffic
Dr Oz was thrilled to invite Pedram, author of “The Urban Monk,” to sit with him in a make-shift car as they discussed the importance of finding a sense of calm while stuck in traffic. According to Pedram, traffic is a cluster of situations we have no control over. The more time you spend in traffic, the more your life can be affected. Plus, couples who face a long distance commute have a 40% higher chance of divorce.
How To Relax While Driving
First, Dr Oz wanted to see how Pedram personally handles traffic on his own. He took a camera with him on his commute to share what he does to zen out in traffic. He first explained that he always complains about not having enough “me time” and as soon as he hit traffic, the freeway allowed him some. Instead of becoming more irritated, he wanted to slow and “relax into his body.” He claims the brake lights in front of him worked as a cue to remind him to take care of himself.
He realized that no matter how he responded to the traffic, it was still going to take him the same amount of time to get there. He would rather walk in with a smile on his face, ready to take on the rest of his day.
What Is Mental Indigestion?
Pedram claims mental indigestion is one of the biggest problems for drivers. Physical indigestion causes a lot of problems on its own, so imagine what mental indigestion can do for your emotions. Instead, take advantage of free time on the free way. You should invest your time properly and take tie to reconnect with yourself while stuck in traffic. You can also make good use of podcasts or audio books.
How to Meditate at a Red Light
So what does Pedram do when he gets stuck at a red light and is already late for work? He first realizes that he can’t do anything about it. Instead, he takes the time for himself by taking five deep breaths all the way in to his lower abdomen, in through the nose then out through the nose. The slower you breathe, the better. As he put it, allow that time to be something that nurtures you instead of agitates you. Then the light will turn green and you can continue on, thanking the light for allowing you to have that moment for yourself.
Dr Oz explained that when you take a deep breath, you’re creating a sense of calm by bringing more oxygen into your lungs and slowing your heart rate. Your brain then senses that calm and you suddenly feel better already.