How to overcome driving anxiety?
In my book, YOU ARE NOT A ROCK, I shared a bunch about the anxieties and compulsions I struggled with around driving. I wasn’t just anxious. I would see terrible things happening to other people, worry about them happening to me, be constantly checking my memories about driving experiences I had in the past. So I really didn’t want to get back to driving. Like a lot of people, I was searching for a way to “solve” the stuff in my head first.
We often go looking for a magical fix to a thought or emotion or some other brain stuff. But putting life on hold for the brain weather and placing it at the center of our lives IS the problem. Searching for that magical fix is like trying to find a way to be strong so you can start exercising. That’s backwards. Throw your fears in the passenger seat and take them for a wild ride whatever you want to go. Don’t let your fears touch the AUX cable!