- Accept the things you can’t change. Five o’clock traffic is unavoidable. You can’t control how others drive. Instead of wasting energy on situations you can’t change, accept the situation for what it is. Tell yourself, “This is happening. I can’t change it and I accept that.”
- Shift your mindset. We have the power to change our thoughts. It isn’t easy, but it is possible. Next time you are in traffic, use the drive to unwind after work—listen to your favorite songs, start a new podcast, appreciate forty-five minutes of time to yourself. Intentionally try to find a positive in the situation and embrace it.
- Practice, practice, practice! Changing thought patterns won’t happen overnight. It takes immense effort and practice. The more often you practice positive thinking, the faster it will become a habit.