Anxiety Attacks While Driving


Anxiety attacks while driving can be a truly horrifying experience. In addition to dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety attacks, you must also deal with the fear that you might lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.

The physical symptoms of anxiety attack are: racing heart, hyperventilation, numbness, light-headedness, etc. You will also experience scary, irrational thoughts that completely overwhelm you.

Anxiety attacks can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some people get really anxious during traffic jams or any other kind of hold-up because they feel trapped. Others get anxious when they are merging with traffic on high-speed freeways. Nevertheless, whatever the reasons maybe, it boils down to one thing – fear.

The thing about anxiety attacks is that it revolves around fear; it’s a vicious cycle that feeds off itself. When you worry and fret over your oncoming anxiety, you inevitably make yourself more anxious…which makes you worry more…which in turn makes you even more anxious. Eventually, this will lead to a full blown anxiety attack, causing various symptoms that you may have already experience thus far.

So what can you do when you are having anxiety attacks while driving?

You do NOTHING. The more you try to resist and fight, the worse you will feel because you are too mindful of these feelings. You want the anxiety to go away, but ironically, you attempts will only serve to reinforce these anxieties.

If I were to tell you not to think about an apple, what is the first thing on your mind? The very thing you are not supposed to think of – an apple! Thus, accept your feeling, and stop resisting you anxiety. I know it is easier said than done but just try it and you will see the beauty behind it.