Good Morning Pamela,
I have a daughter-in-law with ADD. I understand what you are living with.
Here is my formula for helping overcome your driving phobia.
1. Take small steps and you will eventually get to your destination -- A lot of people who have a fear of driving simply give up using their car altogether. This is the way to perpetuate your condition, not to heal yourself. If you feel that you're unable to drive, simply use the car for short periods. Either drive around the block, or to the grocery store, or take frequent pit stops to make sure your fear doesn't build up. By doing so, you're conditioning your mind to gradually overcome your fears.2. Listen to soothing music while you're driving -- Music has great effect on our mood. Find some music that you can relax to and play it while you're driving. It will lower your overall stress levels and your will enjoy your ride more.
3. Take deep breaths -- If you're ever driving and start to experience one of the many symptoms of your phobia (sweating, stomach aches, nausea), take a few deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. Deep breaths steady the heart beat and help you to relax
Think positive thoughts, leaving no room for failure that you “just can’t do this.”
I believe in you.
Gentle hugs to you
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
you can SO do this! this is a fear you can conquer! one of my best friends is absolutely terrified of driving, so i put her in the drivers seat and we went round the block once (with my hand ready to yank the handbrake! lol) and we did that for a week. Then we did 4 blocks for the next week, and so on, until she was able to drive herself to work (a short distance). she still hates driving but she does it anyway- she uses Bach rescue remedy (which i personally think is useless, but hey it may work for others) and practices her breathing. she will play 'Books on CD' in the car and listen to a story being read, which distracts her from the fear.
I believe you can do this. Im with you all the way!` Maz XX
You play whatever music that rocks you. I listen to Cirrus Satellite radio, to the comedy channel and it makes me laugh so that has worked for me.
You just get in the car, take your deep cleansing breaths and do it remembering that tonight this will all be history.
We are all here with you and there is nothing like a full car of back seat drivers.
Pamela, you can do this, just believe.