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5 Tips To Overcome A Fear Of Driving Phobia

By: Heather Chopak

A driving phobia is one of the most crippling of the many phobias that people suffer from. People with a driving phobia have anxiety surrounding them in all aspects of their life. Your social life, job, sense of self and happiness is affected. Even though people with a driving phobia suffer greatly, too few of them seem to take action against it. They suffer the embarrassment of n public transportation, family and friends to get them where they need to go.

Phobias in general are obviously not a physical disorder. They are a mental condition which causes anxiety. The difference between the different type of phobias is that there is a different trigger object or situation involved. With a driving phobia the trigger for anxiety is the fear of driving. That fear of driving can be caused by a multitude of things including an accident or a close call while driving. People can even have a fear of driving when they are a passenger in a vehicle.

Here are 5 tips to help you overcome your fear of driving phobia

1. Listen to relaxing music and/or sounds while you are driving. If you make the environment in your car as calming as possible with soothing music, your anxiety will not reach the level it often does. Each time you drive your level of stress will dissipate and hopefully disappear.

2. While driving, if you feel your anxiety start to climb, take long deep breaths. Many people assume that breathing techniques are a bunch of bull but they actually are proven to lower your stress reaction levels. Deep breathing allows for your heart to slow down and for all of the other symptoms like sweating, shaking, nausea to subside a little.

3. Think of a word, phrase, movie scene or anything that is extremely funny to you. When you are in a panic, try to redirect your thoughts to this funny thought. Even though this will not completely eliminate your anxiety, it may help to ease your mind so that you can laugh and think clearly.

4. Get someone who you are comfortable with to be your driving buddy. If this person is comforting to you in other situations then they may be able to help calm your nerves while driving. It will also be a lot less scary knowing that someone else is there for you while you experience the different levels of anxiety.

5. Realize that you do not have to conquer you fear of driving phobia all in one day. Learn to celebrate any tiny bit of improvement each time you drive. As hard as it may sound the best advice to handle a driving phobia is to block out the times that your anxiety got the better of you while driving. Do not think about those bad moments obsessively after you drive. Pick one or more moments that you actually handled well and be proud of yourself.

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