Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Baylor College of Medicine experts have plenty of tips to help you stay healthy. This month’s Health Hint focuses on back-to-school issues, including the anxiety that could develop as roads and highways become more congested.
The first two or three months of every school year are the worst for traffic, and drivers can experience anxiety or even anger. Road rage can manifest in numerous ways. You could be driving at a normal speed or in your own lane and then somebody cuts you off. This can trigger road rage within you or is a sign that the other driver is already experiencing road rage. If somebody honks at you, which is usually the starting point of road rage, ignore them. The same advice applies if somebody comes close to your car and starts screaming at you. Ignore them and don’t open your window. You are not a weak person if you ignore them; instead, you are a stronger person because you are not engaging in that type of behavior. It can be difficult not to respond, but it’s the safest thing to do.”
Dr. Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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