Stress Behind the Wheel: Overcoming Driving Fear

-robert-de-niro-driving-seatSome people are terrified of spiders, yet have no fear of cars. This seems illogical since cars are potentially more dangerous than spiders, and yet it seems spiders are feared a great deal more.

Even so, millions of people still feel anxious when they are driving, but on different levels. For example, some people have a fear of riding in a car while others only have fear while they are driving as a means to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.

Furthermore, some people have attacks while they are in the car, but do not necessarily fear the car itself. All of these are considered different types of car anxiety and require various methods to treat them properly.

The fear or anxiety you experience while driving IS NOT YOUR FAULT…

You don’t feel afraid because you’re weak, silly, or strange. You feel scared or uncomfortable while driving for one reason, and one reason only. Your anxiety has tricked you.

Your fear proves you’re a VERY fast learner. You probably had a bad experience while driving, such as getting anxious for no apparent reason or having a panic attack, and from a small handful of experiences you developed an intense fear response that you carry with you to this day. You only needed a very small amount of experience for your brain to learn something very powerful.

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If done correctly, you can use that same rapid learning ability to be taught something new – to learn to NOT be afraid while driving. Fear is simply a message. Your brain is telling you that something is dangerous and you need to be on guard, ready to take action to protect yourself or escape!

Your brain has wrongly learned that you are in danger from your feelings of anxiety and now considers driving a threat. Maybe when you get anxious you worry that you’ll lose control, pass out, die, or go crazy… Understandably, those scary thoughts frighten you and your mind goes on “red alert’ to protect you from the perceived “threat.”

This activates what is called the “fight or flight” response, which has been part of our genetic makeup for thousands of years. This response causes your body to take massive action to protect itself from harm, and it doesn’t even bother asking your approval!

Within milliseconds, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol surge through your body which cause symptoms such as racing thoughts, a pounding heart, vision changes, sweating, a strong urge to escape the situation, and more.

The core of the problem is that your mind has learned to associate driving and your anxiety with danger, which simply isn’t accurate, but you don’t yet know how to teach yourself the truth. But it IS possible and you CAN learn how to respond differently…

Your driving anxiety doesn’t need to build limits around your life. Learn how your fear of driving works, where it’s power comes from, and how you can END the cycle and take your freedom back!

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