I take my time. If I am waiting in traffic, mentally I've already trained myself to not be in a hurry--even if I'm running late.
Wow. That's something I find very difficult to do! Wish I had your patience!
When I'm waiting for something I try to remind myself that it's out of my control. Getting impatient doesn't make it go faster it just causes stress. If that doesn't work I distract myself with my children, a hobby, music etc...
Among other strategies, I use my imagination to try to analyze possible reasons for the delay I am facing and (in conjunction with that) I try to find some compassion for the person(s) responsible - the poor college kid whose beater car broke down at the worst possible location, for example.
While I wait, I also try to envision ways I can avoid putting myself in a similar situation in the future, by starting earlier or taking a different route, for example.
Most of all, I reflect on the times in my life when my hurry has been counterproductive. Two wrecks that I have been in (not entirely, but partly, related to tardiness and hurry) have shown me that there are few traffic situations that are more time-consuming than being in a wreck, even when there are no injuries and when property damage is minimal.
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