How to Stop a Panic Attack While Driving
Panic attacks are terrifying, and when you’re driving, you’re vulnerable to having one at any given time. Worrying about your panic attack causing you to lose control of the car and crash can only increase your panic, making matters worse.
The good news is there are ways for you to handle a panic attack while driving that can help you prevent a full-blown panic attack from happening.
We have a few tips for you to follow — keep reading to learn more!
Take Control of Your Breathing
When faced with a panic attack while driving, the most important action you can take is to take control of your breathing. Remind yourself to breathe slowly and deeply and to focus on your breath. Visualize your breath and the air as it enters and exits your body.
Follow your breathing and observe the sensations it produces throughout your body. Once you establish a rhythm, focus on slowing down your breath and exhale for a longer period of time than your inhale. This will help to regulate your heart rate and will provide you with a sense of inner calm.
Get Help from Professionals
One of the most effective ways to stop a panic attack while driving is to get help from professionals. Click to learn more here about options to cope with anxiety and panic attack symptoms. If needed, seek out cognitive behavioral therapy to help identify situations that trigger an attack and focus on how to react differently to those situations.
Additionally, relaxation strategies such as deep breathing, focusing on positive self-talk, and engaging in relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can be helpful. Finally, establishing a system of support and reaching out to someone close to you who can provide help and guidance when feeling panicked or overwhelmed can be invaluable in managing anxiety and panic.
Develop Positive Self-Talk Strategies
Developing positive self-talk strategies can help in preventing panic attacks while driving. Take the time to identify what thoughts cause feelings of panic when driving. For example, telling yourself that you can handle the current speed and that you are safe can help to create a sense of calm and control.
Additionally, repeating positive affirmations such as “I am capable” or “I am strong” has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Create a list of helpful phrases and keep them close by while driving to use when a panic attack begins to arise.
With the right strategies, driving can become a peaceful, enjoyable experience.
Panic Attack While Driving
Having a panic attack while driving can be scary and dangerous. Taking deep breaths, calling for help, or pulling over to a safe place can help you get through the episode. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you experience frequent panic attacks while driving. Take the steps today to get the support you need!
Found this interesting? Read the rest of our blog and learn more!