Driving leads to stress and decrease overall quality of life, research confirms

If you ask someone who drives regularly on the streets of Mumbai or Dhaka, how driving is like, they will respond with one thing for certain. That is driving leads to stress!

While you may wonder that cars have made our lives easier, it has also caused several other problems. As population multiplies globally, it is reasonable to assume people to look for easier means of communication. Because, a public transport system in most developing countries remain in an abhorrent condition, having your own car seems the only way out.

But given that, not many people talk about how driving leads to stress and other health complications.

Your one-hour impatient wait in a traffic jam is actually risking your health. In a new study published, scientists have warned against the possible consequences of traffic jams and commuting through the car. What this really means is that you should now look for more feasible and health-friendly alternatives.

Driving leads to stress: Truth & Reality?

Whether driving leads to stress has only recently gotten attention in the field of medical science. With number of instances of anxiety and stress accelerating at a rapid pace, there is a need more than ever to look out for potential causes. Sometimes, the reasons are unknown, while others, we simply tend to overlook.

That said, a new UK study aimed at investigating the relationship between driving and stress level. As part of the research, scientists examined the overall life satisfaction of individuals alongside any reported diagnosis of mental illness.

Once that was done, the next part was to look into the total hours spent on roads commuting through a motor vehicle. Excluding the total distance as a means of calculation, any deviations from the normal time duration was then considered.

The findings revealed that in a majority of the cases driving leads to stress and other complications such as general anxiety disorder. Published in the UK Office of National Statistics, the results showed that commuters who underwent traffic jams twice or more than a week were at risk of stress-induced mental disorders. These individuals also reported an overall decline in the quality and satisfaction of their life.

A longer duration spent in the traffic jam worsened the satisfaction of the commuter. More importantly, a decrease in quality of life had other consequences too e.g. lower productivity at work and a tendency to be more impatient than others.

What can you do about it?

You now know how driving leads to stress and puts you at risk of other mental illnesses. To improve the quality of your life and overall satisfaction, you can, fortunately, execute some essential steps.

First thing first, try using public transport as a viable transport. Public transport saves you on fuel cost and can be pretty convenient if you live in a developed region. While it may not save you time, it can surely free you from the stress associated with driving.

The second thing you can possibly do is look out for stress-relieving activities while driving. Putting on your favorite playlist for example, or getting someone to tag along while you drive. There is no one thing you could do but you are still the best judge of what lessens your stress.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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