Driving Anxiety is very common in most people, especially if you do a lot of driving. People who have heightened Anxiety/Panic Attacks , driving can be a nightmare!
If this sounds like you, then here are some helpful tips to get you through.
While driving , when that overwhelming panic begins to start, make sure to breathe through it.
I know I've said Breathe through it a million times in my posts, but it is a proven fact! If you breathe properly you absolutely cannot have a panic attack.
I suggest that if possible you pull to the side of the road, take those cleansing deep breaths and make sure you are calm before pulling out again. If you cannot get to the side of the road, use some self talk. Tell yourself everything is going to be OK......say it out loud.....it does help. Repeat it as many times as necessary. Sing along to the radio, singing is a great way to breathe properly and calm the tension. Lastly, if you think it's going to be a drive that you just can't handle alone...take someone with you.....it always helps to have that person there to take over if need be. Sometimes that extra person will even keep and attack from coming on, but BEWARE, that extra person can become a crutch...that is to say...you will get used to it and never be able to drive alone. Watch for that........
Breathe, sing, self talk......you'll get through it , it just takes practice!
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