I get very anxious when it comes to driving. It’s gotten to the point where I no longer cross 2 way streets or busy intersections. Everyone says the only way to cope with it is to drive more. But when I drove more, I became more afraid. What can I do to cope? I’ve tried self-soothing and it no longer works.
Anxiety (Including GAD)
I have that problem too. I honestly am not sure how to deal with it either, i haven't driven for like three months now. My therapist told me to take it slow and easy - just drive around the neighborhood a bunch of times, and then drive on side roads, etc. I haven't worked up to even that yet but it sounds like solid enough advice.
if it helps, I believe you can do it. There was about a month where I felt like I was too scared to drive or leave my house and it took me driving little bit by bit around my block until I felt comfortable enough to drive on the main roads. It’s possible, but you have to schedule when you’re gonna do it so you can hold yourself accountable.
For me, it helps having a safe person in the car with me. Someone who can help me remember to breathe and reassure me. Listening to music or a story or podcast also helps me. Plus, having directions pulled up and visible without having to look down helps me too.
thank you! I’ll be sure to try it!
I had my license for 9 years before driving. Just got in the car one day and drove to work. Had to force myself to do something I wasn’t comfortable with until I became comfortable with it
I see what you’re saying. Thank you!
Unfortunately, it’s just something you’ll most likely have to do even though it’s uncomfortable. I learned that as we continue to do the things that make us anxious/panic that our brain eventually accepts these things as something we’ve done before and is not a threat. so eventually it will be way easier!! stick with it!!!
thank you! 💕
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