Fear of Driving After Car Accidents?
Tune into These 5 Podcasts
Car accidents are singularly terrifying events. Even months or years after you’ve recovered from physical injuries, the mental scars can endure. Why is that? And why are you so afraid of driving, when other crash victims don’t seem to ruminate as much?
The explanation may be neurochemical. According to the authors of The psychobiology of PTSD: coping with trauma: “Although a majority of people experience a traumatic event in their life, most of them will not develop PTSD or other mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders. Emotional and neurobiological responses to psychosocial stressors show striking individual variation.”
In other words, even if you’re brave and not generally prone to phobias, the accident may have triggered a biological response in you. That may be what creates the fear of driving after car accidents.
In addition to working with a skilled therapist—and retaining an effective Arizona car accident attorney to obtain fair compensation—you might find it useful to tune in to one of these five podcasts:
A licensed psychotherapist explores topics like dealing with trauma, perfectionism, mindfulness, and healthy healing. Learn how traumatic stress affects your health, tips for relaxation, and tools for moving forward.
Sometimes a little engaging entertainment is all you need to get back into your driving groove. Good Job, Brain! offers a bit of everything–trivia, word games, puzzles, and amusing anecdotes. Your commute will whiz by, and you’ll have talking points for your next dinner party to boot. (Be mindful, of course, to avoid getting too sucked into this—or any—entertainment when behind the wheel.)
Meditation can be beneficial to your emotional health, especially in the aftermath of a trauma, but many people find the practice daunting. Headspace Meditation will help you start your day off on the right foot with short, calming, and accessible exercises. It also provides therapeutic tools when the trauma of your accident seems too much to bear.
If you’re a lover of books (or are interested in becoming one), this podcast is for you. The editor of the Sunday Book Review, Pamela Rail, entertains some of the world’s best authors as they discuss culture, books, and ideas. You’ll leave your car feeling refreshed, engaged, and ready to take on the world (and come out with some new book suggestions, too).
Sometimes it soothes our fears to just know that we’re not alone. That’s exactly what This American Life aims to achieve. Host Ira Glass guides you through stories that sometimes lead to gut-splitting laughter, sometimes break your heart, and sometimes do both. There’s a reason this is one of the most beloved radio shows ever. (Here are Ira Glass’s personal favorite episodes to get you started.)
Getting over the fear of driving after car accidents requires getting back behind the wheel after an accident can require self-compassion, patience, support and perseverance. You don’t have to go through this on your own. Tune into these podcasts for tips, laughter, health, and healing. And call the experienced Phoenix car accident lawyers at Zanes Law—(602) 999-9999—for insight into how to get fair compensation.
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