Car rides. You either love them or you hate them, but who knew they could be used to your benefit?

Here are five ways you can use your time in the car wisely:

  1. Explore your music taste: If you are a spotify user, download your “Discover Weekly” playlist and listen to it in the car. If you aren’t, pick a new genre and listen to an album for a day, or if you want to be adventurous, pick a new genre for every day of the week!
  1. Meditate: Meditation is scientifically shown to reduce stress. In the car, you can meditate by steadying your breathing. While inhaling, think of breathing in the good, and while exhaling, breathing out the bad. Center your mind around this idea, or you could use your favorite song lyric, scripture, quote, etc. in the same way.
  1. Pick a “life” song: Pick a song, or maybe you’ll find it by accident, that you can listen to every month or so to remind you of how far you’ve come since the last time you’ve listened to it. You can reflect back on the memories you’ve made every time you’ve play it, or even keep a page and write them all down. My song is “Work It Out” by Knox Hamilton. You’ll be surprised how many tears of joy you’ll shed over your self growth.
  1. Sing your heart out: If you are a singer like I am, your time in the car can be very useful. Use this time for warm-ups, or make a playlist of challenging songs and practice them every day in the car. If you aren’t a singer, do the same because everyone is a singer and deserves to have the greatest joy of rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs.
  1. Study: Even if you’re driving, you can cram for your tests on the way to school. What I like to do is use the voice recorder on my phone and read out my notes, then play them in my car. You can even leave pauses so that you can answer it out loud in the car, then say the correct answer after. Might sound nerdy, but it WORKS!

Read about the benefits of meditation here:

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Happy driving, GRRLS!

Stay safe, 

Lucy Callicott