Schools open in the Western Cape. Stuck in Traffic again.

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I live 2.5 km (1 kilometer = 0.621371192 mile Calculating stress that makes 2.5 km = 1.55342798 miles) from my office. Left home at 8:05 am and only got there at 8:30 ๐Ÿ™

Only realised it was the start of the new school year after finding myself idling in the fast lane. It’s official, everyone’s back at work, kids are back at school. The traffic on site2 is as congested as Cape Town highways are during peak(rush) hour.

Letรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขs take the example of a typical commuter in rush-hour traffic. If a car suddenly pulls out in front of him, his initial alarm reaction may include fear of an accident, anger at the driver who committed the action, and general frustration. His body may respond in the alarm stage by releasing hormones into the bloodstream which cause his face to flush, perspiration to form, his stomach to have a sinking feeling, and his arms and legs to tighten. The next stage is resistance, in which the body repairs damage caused by the stress. If the stress of driving continues with repeated close calls or traffic jams, however, his body will not have time to make repairs.
He may become so conditioned to expect potential problems when he drives that he tightens up at the beginning of each commuting day. Eventually, he may even develop a physical problem that is related to stress, such as migraine headaches, high blood pressure, backaches, or insomnia. While it is impossible to live completely free of stress and distress, it is possible to prevent some distress as well as to minimize its impact when it canรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขt be avoided.

How to prevent peak(rush) hour related stress

  • Leave for work earlier
  • Leave the office a little later
  • Work form home
  • Alter your office hours to avoid peak hour
  • Determine your own hours, if possible

More about handling stress.

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