You may not remember how long you have had a fear of freeway driving, but looking at the highway reminds you that it’s there. This can be a fear and anxiety that completely interferes with your life in many different ways, and it’s time you learn how to deal with and overcome your fear of freeway driving.
You already know that this anxiety makes traveling difficult. It can take a lot of extra time to avoid using highways when you want to go on vacation or need to travel any where that is more than a few minutes away. It’s almost impossible to travel without using a highway at some point, and the only solution is to learn how to deal with your fear of freeway driving. Here are 3 tips to help you do just that, and get you back on the fast track and to your destination much, much quicker.
The first tip is to take the time to daydream. That’s right, daydream. I know we are taught that daydreaming is a waste of time, but the people who told us that never understood the power of a daydream. Start by taking a few minutes each day to find a place that you will be left alone and sit quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed. Clear your mind and relax as much as possible.
Once you are there, begin to envision yourself driving along a highway. See through your own eyes and with as much detail as possible, see your hands in front of you on the wheel driving along. See the cars around you, the road in front of you, the hood of the car. Feel the air conditioning or the air from the windows blowing through your hair. Feel the sun as it beats down on your face. Experience the drive in your mind as much as possible, but with one exception.
As you envision yourself driving, allow yourself to completely get involved with the daydream to the point that you literally feel as though you are there driving right then and there. As you do this, allow yourself to feel relaxed, calm, and completely at ease and peace as you drive. See the cars fly by you as you gently smile and just watch. The key to this daydream is to feel the emotions of being calm, relaxed, and at ease as strongly as possible and to be in your mind and your dream as much as possible and to feel and experience it as being as real as possible.
The second tip to deal with your fear of freeway driving is to take control of the situation. Slow down if you have to. If someone is behind you and they don’t like it, big deal. Don’t allow them to bother you. If they are in such a hurry, they can go around you. Take your time, and drive at a speed that you feel safe and comfortable at. You don’t need to please anyone else on the highway. Take your time, take control, and drive at a pace that you are at ease with and comfortable with.
The final tip is to take control of your thoughts. What happens when you are on the highway is that your mind begins to race with all of the things that could go wrong. All the cars around you, changing lanes, merging in and out of traffic, and everything else begins to race through your mind and everything that could possibly go wrong while all of this happens. You very quickly lose control of your thoughts, and those thoughts begin to create your fear of freeway driving. Take back control of your thoughts, ignore all of the other cars, relax, and focus on things that make you feel good, happy, and joyful.
You don’t have to live with a fear of freeway driving. You can overcome your anxiety and start getting back to being able to drive while staying calm, relaxed, and completely at ease and peace. Once you understand the basic techniques to do this, driving on the highway becomes as easy as walking to you stove to make food.
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