Getting over a driving phobia can be a difficult task for anyone to take on
Especially if you try it by yourself. Many people do and carry on suffering from driving fears and anxiety everyday and go through the torment just so they don’t feel embarrassed by telling those close to them for another fear of being laughed at.
The best support you can get are from those around you. There isn’t anyone that can honestly say that they fear nothing. So there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Never feel that you are the only person who can possibly have a fear of driving. It is a phobia and many others have suffered from this too. As have many others taken action to defeat the driving fears they were facing. These phobias have been so common before that they do have real names.
Here are just a few:
- Amaxophobia -afraid to travel in vehicles
- Motorphobia – fear of cars
- Tachophobia – fear of speed
People do suffer from these conditions day in and day out. The symptoms can include
- Being unable to take a deep breath – as if your chest or throat were tightening
- Gasping for air – A feeling of suffocating and even heart attacks
- Feelings of losing control – brought on by inability to control breathing
These are just a few of the symptoms that have been reported by people suffering from a driving phobia. Next time you feel like anxious at the wheel try this –
Put your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your stomach. deep breath. hold it for 3 seconds and exhale through your nose. You should feel your upper body relax as you do this but pay attention to your hands. The left hand on your stomach should be doing all the moving and the right hand on your chest shouldn’t be moving much. If this is so then you will feel relaxed and if not you will be tense.
There are a lot of different techniques that can be used and i have found that some of the best advice I have got has been from Rich Presta. A very well known and respected gentleman who has been seen on The discovery health channel along with numerous magazines giving information on how to get over ther fear of driving.