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How To Effectively Manage Driving Anxiety

Driving, especially in the state of New York, can be particularly challenging. There are so many things you have to consider at all times, driving can be very stressful, especially when you get overwhelmed.

If you are prone to anxiety as it is, managing stress while you’re behind the wheel may not come naturally to you. Below, we’ve put together some tips to help you manage the anxiety you experience while driving.

Concentrate on the Road

This may seem like common sense, but it’s very easy to allow yourself to slip into your mind while driving. Allowing your thoughts to take over can be risky, particularly for people with anxiety.

Do your best to keep your mind on the road, rather than the thoughts swirling around in your head. If you’re having a hard day, you may be anxious before you even get into the car. It’s important to recognize your stress levels before starting the engine so that you can address your feelings before you start driving.

Safely Distract Yourself

Of course, this does not mean picking up your smartphone and starting to scroll through social media. There are ways to safely distract yourself while maintaining your focus on the road.

Listening to music, podcasts, or the radio can help you think about things other than the thoughts causing you stress.

Consider creating a playlist with your favorite calming songs. Maybe podcasts are your jam. In that case, find a funny, lighthearted, or intriguing podcast that you can listen to while continuing to concentrate on driving. Listening to your favorite radio station can also help ease the tension that comes along with driving.

Open a Window or Turn on the A/C

If you start feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or clammy, rolling down a window or turning the air conditioning on can help you cool off and regain your concentration. The cool air on your skin can help release the stress symptoms you feel.

We Can Help Injured Accident Victims

Sometimes, people cause accidents due to stress and endless other reasons. Getting hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own is not an easy or comfortable situation to endure. If it happens to you, we’re here to help.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your case.

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