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Most of us have a slight fear of driving. A frightful incident while driving creates an impression in our mind that plays to itself the next time we drive. When I have to head out on the freeway my anxiety shoots up so I try to avoid freeways as much as possible. However this is not always possible.
The trick is to catch the moment of fear before it soars to uncontrollable heights. Just keep yourself occupied in the present moment and you’ll be just OK.
Just look at the present moment. Look at the cars ahead of you. Enjoy the experience of operating a marvelous machine on wheels. Keep your breath flowing and don’t let it lock up. Be aware.
This is what works for me:
1. Relax your forehead, eyes and jaws. You’ll be surprised how much tension you had unnecessarily built up around that region. Tell yourself it’s fine to relax the muscles of your face.
Relax your jaws and slightly part your teeth. A relaxed face is not going to drop your stance; it is going to equip you with more awareness and alertness.
2. Slightly roll your head both ways. Roll your shoulders clockwise and anticlockwise. Bend your shoulders blades backwards and press them against each other. Hold for a few seconds and relax.
3. Squeeze the wheel tightly with both your hands and relax. Repeat a couple of times. This will make sure you are not holding the wheel with more effort than needed.
Practice this relaxation technique periodically to get rid of any anxiety while driving. You can practice it on freeways, traffic signals, or before entering a bridge.
When I feel the panic starting to overwhelm me I will shout out loud to myself - I AM OK ..........I will repeat this until other drivers look at me like I am not with the program and then I laugh as they change lanes to get away from the wild woman.
I hope you continue to post here and the forum and to know that you are not alone.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"