There are many people who just don’t feel well while driving, others experience panic attacks which is mainly caused by fear and anxiety.
This syndrome is more common amongst those who have been involved in car accidents in the past, had difficult and unhappy childhood, and many others who are emotionally unstable, and stressed. Although panic attack might be frequent for many people, there are still ways to avoid it.
Try your best to replace negative thoughts with positive and joyous ones. Once you get into the car try not to bring sad and unhappy situations into your mind. They will distract your attention and make you more vulnerable.
If you get to a point where you can’t drive any further because of the panic attack just pull over and relax, remind yourself that you’re not experiencing an heart attack and you’re not going to die because of that.
All you need is think positive and take sometime to pull yourself together. If you stay calm for 15-20 min, the panic will slowly disappear. Don’t try to fight it. Keep in mind that the panic attack is not going to last, and it will pass. While dealing with it, take slow and deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and breath out through your mouth.
Have your cellphone at anytime with you, make a call to your loved ones, and talk about happy moments you have shared together, but don’t bring up you panic state, just try to forget about it and let it go.
Listen to your favorite CD, or radio station, and sing along with it to cheer yourself up and ease the driving stress. Keep a bottle of water in the car, because not only is it healthy to drink, but in cases of panic while driving it helps you slow down rapid heart beats.
If you chronically suffer from panic attack while driving make sure to consult with your doctor and get prescribed anxiety medication with you when you intend to drive. In addition, paper bags may be helpful to regulate breathing, so consider having some of them, as well.