Driving may be infuriating. As extra folks get again into the groove of commuting, in style navigation app Waze is teaming up with meditation app Headspace that can assist you calm the hell down whilst you’re on the highway. Or at the very least that’s the objective.
The brand new Headspace experience on Waze was designed to assist “drivers discover ways to discover extra pleasure and that means on the highway.” It features a new theme with customized navigation prompts from a mindfulness instructor and a choice of 5 moods: Conscious, Brilliant, Hopeful, Joyful, and Open. And should you can’t abdomen seeing your automobile as a automobile icon on the app, you possibly can swap it out for a sizzling air balloon. Maybe that’s extra soothing.
The concept of “aware driving” isn’t a brand new idea. It’s much like aware consuming and train. Conscious driving may help you keep centered and keep away from being entranced by what’s enjoying on the radio. It will probably provide help to change into extra conscious of the opposite parts of driving, too, just like the spacing between vehicles and whether or not the particular person to your proper seems to be as in the event that they may be the lane-weaving sort.
In order for you a preview of what aware driving will sound like, Waze and Headspace have revealed a Spotify playlist that you would be able to tune into to get a really feel for this system. I shortly shuffled by way of, and it seems to be primarily ambient tracks with Headspace’s guided meditation prompts interspersed in between. In the event you like what you hear, you possibly can activate Headspace on Waze out of your smartphone by way of Nov. 1 by tapping the banner within the “My Waze” menu.
I’m a California driver, which signifies that I typically return dwelling from my journey needing a minute earlier than I can have interaction with life in a impartial manner. I’ve tried enjoying lo-fi and chill hop playlists to sooth my highway angst however have both ended up getting too sleepy to drive or switching the style solely to one thing extra energetic to assist me get to the identical stage as the opposite wild drivers on the highway.
The concept that driving may be as restorative as, say, a aware yoga session doesn’t sound in any respect doable for these with a each day commute by way of rush hour visitors. It’s already a slog having to undergo the motions to point out up for work on daily basis bodily. Add bumper-to-bumper visitors, which is excruciatingly uninteresting, wand you’ll extra possible wish to hear to a podcast or hyped-up music to cross the time than a meditative playlist.
This collab looks like Waze’s manner of building itself as an all-in-one driving answer whereas serving to Headspace increase its choices. However as an individual who used to commute each day by way of the San Francisco Bay Space, which is ranked seventh within the nation for worst traffic, I can say there may be nothing joyful or calming about being on the highway for hours at a time. I’m unsure even Headspace may help me there.