Living with anxiety is not always easy. Just ask anyone who deals with the impacts of anxiety on a regular basis.
Anxiety impacts over 40 million adults in the United States. This makes up a little over 18% of the national population.
There are many reasons why someone may experience driving anxiety while out on the road. If this sounds like something you deal with, read on to learn three healthy coping mechanisms for driving anxiety.
#1 – PRACTICE CONSCIOUS BREATHING.
This may sound cliché, but taking long, conscious, deep breaths can help you calm down if you begin to feel a panic come on. Breathing deliberately can help reduce the physical response your body experiences as a result of the psychological anxiety brought on by a triggering event.
#2 – DON’T SUCCUMB TO CATASTROPHIC IDEAS.
Anxiety can influence catastrophic ideas that don’t serve you well. Remember, stressing about an outcome won’t actually make a positive difference in what ultimately occurs.
When catastrophic thoughts begin to arise, try to remind yourself that panicking won’t help you in a crisis situation. Effectively managing thoughts that lead to anxiety will help you successfully cope with the stress.
#3 – TRY NOT TO AVOID WHAT SCARES YOU.
Avoiding what scares you can ultimately make the fear even worse. The old saying “face your fears” has some credibility to it. When you repeatedly face what scares you, you are more likely to have positive experiences going forward because you have memories of doing the thing you fear without any negative consequences.
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