CONQUERING THE FEAR OF DRIVING

The fear of driving is serious enough to hamper many of their daily activities

I often see clients who have a fear of driving. The stress can vary between someone who gets a bit nervous behind the wheel where the fright is always present, to someone who becomes so paralyzed with fear that they cannot drive at all. In all of these cases, the person is aware that the panic they are feeling is irrational, but they cannot seem to do anything about it.

This fear of driving is one of the most common phobias, and it often really is just the fear of loss of control. People that have this are afraid that they may be stuck in a huge traffic jam and can’t get out if they start panicking. They also are terrified that they might pass out, vomit, lose control of their vehicle, have a panic attack, or get into an accident. They may experience the classic “fight or flight responses” with such symptoms as excessive sweating, dry mouth, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and disorientation. Obviously these are very unpleasant feelings to have, and most people will just avoid driving so as to avoid experiencing these types of reactions.

As my clients tell me, their fear of driving is serious enough to hamper many of their daily activities. When they come to see me for the initial free screening that I do for every client, they explain that they are tired of relying on friends and family to drive them everywhere. Simple tasks such as food shopping, or going to appointments quickly become very challenging for them.

This fear of driving can take form in a variety of ways. One client has had this difficulty (including a fear of being alone) for much of her adult life. Another client had been driving for close to 50 years before she was involved in her first traffic accident…That was 3 years ago, and she has been unable to drive since; her fear of another accident has been debilitating to her. And in another client’s case, his fear of driving on the highway seemed to come out of nowhere.

In many situations, if the person is already prone to stress and anxieties/fears, driving can be one of the places where this shows up. The problem is that the more you don’t deal with the issue, the worse that it gets, and the harder it becomes to get “back on the bike” so to speak. However do not lose hope! The fear of driving is not a hereditary disease; it is a learned behavior. So to put it another way:  if in your lifetime, you have ever felt comfortable and confident driving, that was something that you learned how to do. And by the same token, if you “learned” how to be uncomfortable driving, then you can simply relearn how to be comfortable driving again!

If you are not driving because of fear, then I recommend you contact us for a free screening to see if hypnosis can work for you and help with your issue. In the meantime it is important to know that even though the fear and anxiety feels really bad, it can be managed. Instead your reaction to these feelings can help make it controllable for you or not. So if you are feeling anxious or fearful, just allow it to be present; don’t fight it. Notice it, and see if you can almost “separate” yourself from the fear to observe the feeling. Breathe deeply, and be aware of being focused on something else like the cars around you, or the music you’re listening to, etc. These are just some things that I work on with my clients to help them.

However if you are still having trouble, you may be able to benefit from hypnosis and the help that it can bring, as it can be very effective to assist you in driving comfortably and with confidence.

If you would like more information about any of our programs including management of your stress and fears, please contact us to book your free screening at (647) 210-8842.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF HYPNOSIS WORKS

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I get such a great feeling seeing the changes in my clients, as they progress through their individual programs. For instance to witness the physical transformation of a weight loss client as they drop the pounds and tone-up, is amazing. Or observing people who come to have me help relieve their stress with hypnosis; I love seeing their newfound relaxed demeanor and energy as they go through their program.

Examples:

Sometimes it is common for clients not to  notice or feel their changes right away. However; other people in their lives (family, friends and co-workers) see the changes in them, but they may take a little while to see it themselves. It does happen eventually. It really is the absolute best experience when my clients express how they themselves notice their transformations.

In one case, I had a client who recently quit smoking with hypnosis. She noticed how they could suddenly smell things that they never realized they hadn’t smelled during the years they smoked. She went out to eat Dim Sum for the first time as a non-smoker, and was amazed at the aromas she inhaled — something she had totally forgotten from her childhood when she wasn’t a smoker!

Another client who came to me for help with relieving stress in his life, was incredible to watch as he progressed through his program. Each session he acted more and more relaxed; a stark contrast to the fidgety and nervous person I met during our initial meeting. About halfway through his program, he proclaimed that he was seeing huge changes each day, and loved the newly enhanced life he was experiencing!

So if you have some issues and/or habits that you would like to change, why not see for yourself how hypnosis may be able to help.

Call us now for your free screening to see if hypnosis can work for you:  (647) 210-8842

MAKE THE MOVE – CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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I have a friend who is a recovering alcoholic. He has been sober for 10 years and I couldn’t be more proud of him! During a recent conversation, he shared that the number of alcoholics that actually go and get help for their problem is incredibly low. According to an article on rehabs.com, there are up to 22 million people in need of treatment for drug and alcohol use. Fewer than 1% of them get any help for their substance abuse (http://luxury.rehabs.com/alcohol-rehab/statistics/).

I must admit, I found those numbers to be very sad. My friend felt that many who need help, just don’t go and obtain the assistance they require. We both agreed that one has to be ready. And when they are, they would seek support, but not before.

This got me thinking about my clients who come to me for hypnosis to seek improvement on various issues in their lives. I could see that my hypnosis practice was very similar to the situation my friend spoke about. There are many who suffer and want to lose weight, stop smoking, ease stress, build confidence, sleep better, get over fears, etc. However not all people will actually take the steps towards working on their issues and finding relief.

It can be very humbling to admit that you have an issue that you want to work on, and that realization is in fact a huge first step. However as I discussed in my last article, the follow-through and finding the resources to get help is so important.

About Us:

At Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre, we always offer a free screening to everyone. Even before we accept them as a client. We see if hypnosis will work for them, and to be sure that we can even accept them as a client in the first place. One of the things I tell everyone who comes in for the free screening is that they should be very proud of themselves. They have taken the first step that many don’t or aren’t even ready to do.

By making the appointment to see if hypnosis can work for them, they are making the move towards fixing their issue. That first baby step is so significant, and at the end of the day, isn’t that forward momentum what it’s all about?

So make your move, call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see how hypnosis can help achieve your objective:  (647) 210-8842

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