Driving is becoming a horrible nightmare for me again. I now am anxious before I even enter my car, whenever I know I need to drive somewhere. Especially when I have to go on the highway or drive over a bridge. And don't even get me started if I get stuck in traffic (THIS is the absolute WORST for me).
I always knew that my anxiety and panic attacks are irrational and they can't actually physically harm me and I am safe even though I feel like I'm literally dying, but when I'm driving there is actual danger-I'm in control of a car-I can hurt myself and others!
How do people deal with this? What helps you? I can't stop driving or start asking others to drive me places because it is only giving the anxiety and panic more power. I've been there, it will consume my entire life and make my comfort zone smaller and smaller until I can't leave my home.
I'm forcing myself to drive-I'm having panic attacks every time I drive-it's exhausting, it's horrible, I feel like I'm dying, I shake/tremble, clench, sweat/clammy, heart races, foot trembles over the pedal, feel like I can't see, super sensitive to my environment (everything is louder, lights are brighter-the lights shining through the trees feels like a strobe light!).
So far I have tried putting essential oil like lavender on a tissue in the car, I also repeat a mantra to myself out loud "I am safe and in control".
Please give advice? Anyone go through the same thing? What has helped?
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