SocialPhobiaWorld.com  
     

Home Today's Posts Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
 
Go Back   SocialPhobiaWorld.com > Social Anxiety Disorder Forums > Social Anxiety Forum
 
Search this Thread
Old 03-27-2017
theoutsider's Avatar
Expert User
 

I've always found driving to be very therapeutic. Preferably, long drives thru scenic areas if possible. I'm lucky in this regard as I live on an island and there are many beautiful drives to be taken. But even short drives to the store or for errands seem to help. The only time this doesn't work is when I have an altercation of sorts with someone. Yesterday, I made a turn in front of someone who thought I should have waited for him to pass first. He laid on his horn and made an obscene gesture. Ruined the whole experience and I was glad I was almost home. I hate road ragers and always forgive people if they make an honest mistake (maybe not so much if they're being irresponsible on purpose). Nevertheless, I find driving to be very relaxing. I've had people tell me the opposite, that they are very nervous on the road. What are your experiences?
theoutsider is offline  
Old 03-27-2017
FountainandFairfax's Avatar
I remember a time of chaos... ruined dreams... this wasted land.
Elite User
 

I could've written that post, everything you said is just the way I feel.

Driving has always been a tremendous release for me, and like you, I especially love driving to the ocean. I prefer driving late at night, with the windows rolled down and the radio on low in the background.

I know people with SP who can't drive and I always feel very sad for them.
FountainandFairfax is offline  
Old 03-27-2017
theslowesthand's Avatar
Elite User
 

Way back when i had a car, i'd drive to isolated scenic spots, listen to hard rock or metal (on tapes & walkman), and drink. Sometimes this would be before work. Occasionally after. Beautiful!
theslowesthand is offline  
Old 03-27-2017
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by theoutsider View Post
I've always found driving to be very therapeutic. Preferably, long drives thru scenic areas if possible. I'm lucky in this regard as I live on an island and there are many beautiful drives to be taken. But even short drives to the store or for errands seem to help. The only time this doesn't work is when I have an altercation of sorts with someone. Yesterday, I made a turn in front of someone who thought I should have waited for him to pass first. He laid on his horn and made an obscene gesture. Ruined the whole experience and I was glad I was almost home. I hate road ragers and always forgive people if they make an honest mistake (maybe not so much if they're being irresponsible on purpose). Nevertheless, I find driving to be very relaxing. I've had people tell me the opposite, that they are very nervous on the road. What are your experiences?
I agree! It's therapeutic for me too! I thought I'm the only one who feels it! And I'm glad to know I'm not alone!
brightordinary is offline  
Old 03-29-2017
 

Driving is one of the most freeing activities in the world as long as you can get away from traffic/people/cops and the roads are decent. Oh, and your car is in safe running shape
Awesome stereo, full tank of gas, open-road-sign me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MollyBeGood is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MollyBeGood For This Useful Post:
AtTheGates (03-31-2017), PugofCrydee (03-31-2017)
Old 03-29-2017
theoutsider's Avatar
Expert User
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MollyBeGood View Post
Driving is one of the most freeing activities in the world as long as you can get away from traffic/people/cops and the roads are decent. Oh, and your car is in safe running shape
Awesome stereo, full tank of gas, open-road-sign me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do love music but lately I've found myself driving in total silence at times. It took a while to get used to but I find my thoughts are really clear once I can find a good stretch of road.
theoutsider is offline  
Old 03-29-2017
 

I've been delaying getting a driver's license for years mainly because the thought of driving a car in the city makes me feel anxious. This week I finally signed up for the lessons.
TryAgain is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to TryAgain For This Useful Post:
theoutsider (04-01-2017)
Old 03-29-2017
Pacific_Loner's Avatar
Pirate from the North Pole
Elite User
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MollyBeGood View Post
Driving is one of the most freeing activities in the world as long as you can get away from traffic/people/cops and the roads are decent. Oh, and your car is in safe running shape
Awesome stereo, full tank of gas, open-road-sign me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yup I'm in too.... Nothing makes me more happy than a good stereo, road food, thermos full of coffee, sleeping bag in the back seat and a very long empty road ahead.
Pacific_Loner is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Pacific_Loner For This Useful Post:
MollyBeGood (03-31-2017)
Old 03-29-2017
Sacrament's Avatar
Elite User
 

It's a very freeing sensation. I was sad when my friends were getting their licenses and I was letting my anxiety get the best of me, and so it took me a bunch of years before I actually got my license. The feeling of driving on non-busy roads (especially out of the city) while listening to your favorite tunes is awesome.
Sacrament is offline  
Old 03-30-2017
Kiwong's Avatar
Elite User
 

Driving for me is more about the destination. Like somewhere remote as possible from other cars, drivers and people as possible.
Kiwong is offline  
Old 03-31-2017
PugofCrydee's Avatar
Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.
Elite User
 



I love driving. And riding. I used to own a Suzuki RF 900 and went touring. I rode from Adelaide to Alice springs, another time I rode from Adelaide to Melbourne, hopped on a boat and went to Tasmania then spent 10 days touring there. It was just amazing.

I don't like being stuck in traffic, thats not what I call 'driving/riding'. On the open road its like exploring. And that is one of my favourite things in the world
PugofCrydee is offline  
Old 03-31-2017
AtTheGates's Avatar
Expert User
 

driving while listening to metal really loud has worked as therapy for me for YEARS...and its pretty much FREE.
AtTheGates is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to AtTheGates For This Useful Post:
theslowesthand (04-01-2017)
Old 04-01-2017
theoutsider's Avatar
Expert User
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by TryAgain View Post
I've been delaying getting a driver's license for years mainly because the thought of driving a car in the city makes me feel anxious. This week I finally signed up for the lessons.
Good for you, TryAgain. Don't worry, it's not so bad once you get used to it. I hope, in the end, it does your anxiety some good instead of the other way around.
theoutsider is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to theoutsider For This Useful Post:
TryAgain (04-04-2017)
Old 05-19-2017
vnoheni's Avatar
Newbie User
 

Personally I love driving I helps with my anxiety and I love to put on music that I like.
vnoheni is offline  
Old 05-19-2017
theoutsider's Avatar
Expert User
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by vnoheni View Post
Personally I love driving I helps with my anxiety and I love to put on music that I like.
Hi vnoheni. Welcome to the forum!
theoutsider is offline  
Old 05-19-2017
Miserum's Avatar
Intermediate User
 

I most definitely enjoy leisurely scenic driving. I also like scenic walking.
Miserum is offline  
Old 05-19-2017
Hot_Tamale's Avatar
Intermediate User
 

Reduces my anxiety, certainly. I especially love running over the occassional pedestrian for bonus points.
Hot_Tamale is offline  
Old 05-20-2017
Sacrament's Avatar
Elite User
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hot_Tamale View Post
Reduces my anxiety, certainly. I especially love running over the occassional pedestrian for bonus points.
Well of course, you can't have one without the other.
Sacrament is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Sacrament For This Useful Post:
Hot_Tamale (05-20-2017)
Old 06-12-2017
 

No, driving only enhances my anxiety. It took me 40 hours of driving lessons with an instructor before he let me do the final drive which I luckily passed ( there were roadworks on my final test day and the slow traffic was favorable for me).

It took 40 lessons for me because even if I have learned all the driving skills, my anxiety became a major hindrance. My instructor was so puzzled and frustrated with my pacing. There were days when he thinks I'm doing really great and some days when my anxiety kicks at my worst and I would drive like a noob again.

Basically, my problem wasn't driving itself but my anxiety and I seriously could not imagine driving safely outside my usual home to work route. It's because if I'm introduced to an unfamiliar road, I get anxious a lot (especially in busy roads with large vehicles).
w*n*c*a*m is offline  
Old 06-13-2017
Steiner's Avatar
Expert User
 

Not really no. If anything just gives more anxiety but not nearly as bad as it used to. I just fall asleep sometimes while driving if I am on a long stretch which is more to do with drowsiness than feeling relaxed.
Steiner is offline  
Post Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads to Driving: Does It Help Relieve Your Anxiety Or Increase It?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Benzos instead of alcohol to relieve anxiety/stress? HandsomeHans Anxiety Forum 2 10-24-2015 08:14 PM
Does quitting alcohol (being sober) relieve anxiety? Piglet Boy Social Anxiety Forum 17 04-30-2011 11:59 AM
Five favorite things to do to relieve anxiety? Chair Social Anxiety Forum 20 03-31-2010 05:01 PM
Do mean people increase your anxiety? Noca Social Anxiety Forum 10 11-30-2009 10:28 AM
Computers increase anxiety Kamen Social Anxiety Forum 7 09-20-2008 10:03 AM



Mobile Version
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2
All times are GMT. The time now is 03:34 AM.