3. Repeat a mantra. True happiness comes from quieting the mind and making peace with our circumstances, whatever they may be. You might repeat "it is what it is" in your mind or aloud — a great reminder that we must accept what we can't change. Or you might try "so hum," a Sanskrit mantra that means "I am that" and can evoke peace. Simply repeat your mantra over and over in your mind, or speak it out loud, for as long as you can.
4. Stretch what you can. If you find yourself stopped in traffic, keep your foot on the brake and draw your ear to your shoulder, or turn your head from side to side. You might try circling the neck, too. Anything to counteract the effects of the typing and texting we do so often. We can also do a lot to stretch and tone the muscles in the face, which can counteract the effects of aging and help us feel more relaxed. Smile, and then frown, circle the jaw, open the eyes wide — you might be surprised by how great it feels.
5. Practice biofeedback. Biofeedback is a method for releasing tension from the body naturally. It works on all of the major muscles of the body, and is as simple as squeezing the muscle, and holding to the count of 10, and then releasing. Make a tight fist, squeezing the shoulders up to the ears, or flex the wrists — these are just a few examples of biofeedback techniques that can work in the car.
6. Repeat. Many yoga poses can be performed while seated, and the more we practice, the more likely we are to feel an increase in energy, a release for tight muscles, and a greater sense of well-being.