In honor of today's post about parents using music to relax on road trips, I'd like to present my own top five ways to relax and de-stress when spending a lot of time behind the wheel. Without further ado:
1. Music: I agree with those who need music to relax while spending hours on the highway. I never leave home for long without my iPod or a handful of CDs. Long drives can get monotonous, and music definitely helps pass the time.
2. Stretch at stops: When I stop for fuel and food, I make it a point to get out of the car and limber up. Not only does this loosen up the muscles a bit, but it helps me clear my head, knowing I still have several hundred miles to go.
3. Conversation: If I have a traveling companion, it's a good chance to spent a lot of time talking about a variety of subjects under the sun. Sitting in silence just makes the trip seem longer.
4. Eat well: As important as making good time is, I find that stopping for a good meal when possible really helps make a road trip much better. As long as I don't over-indulge in carb-heavy food and feel sleepy, that is.
5. A good car: The best way to de-stress while driving is to drive a great car. Feeling joy behind the wheel makes the miles fly by.