Tips to Overcome Post-Crash Anxiety and Get Back on the Road
No matter how minor the crash, anyone might feel wary of getting behind the wheel after that experience. An accident can be extremely stressful and nerve-wracking, and these emotions don’t just instantly vanish once the accident is over. Experiencing post-crash anxiety, fear, or distress after a car collision is normal, especially if the damage was particularly extensive.
In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the primary cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population. Even if you’re not experiencing PTSD-level stress, you should still work toward recovering from this anxiety rather than ignore it.
Signs You Haven’t Fully Healed From an Accident
One of the main ways trauma can interfere with your daily life is through recurring memories of the accident. You may relive the crash frequently, whether through repeated flashbacks or nightmares of the collision. This could hinder your work, ability to sleep, and personal relationships. Some other signs include:
- Avoiding vehicles, whether driving or even being a passenger in a car
- Constantly thinking about the accident, not just flashbacks but also the damages you’ll need to cover financially and other stressors caused by the collision
- Irritability or mood changes
- Feeling worried or anxious throughout the day
- Not wanting to talk about or discuss the accident at all
Tips to De-Stress and Get Back on the Road
If your post-crash anxiety is a daily occurrence after the accident, it can quickly overtake your life and even your ability to get behind the steering wheel. You can participate in therapeutic activities that relieve stress, such as exercise, meditation, journaling, and your usual favorite hobbies or ways to relax. When driving, take deep breaths or even listen to a podcast that can soothe your nerves.
Speaking with someone who can listen to your concerns and thoughts is also critical. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a professional but can be your partner, friend, neighbor, or anyone in your support system. After an accident, the Harmonson Law Firm will always be part of your support system. We have helped thousands of good people injured in bad accidents and we have licensed therapists who can assist you if needed to help you get on with your life. We are here for you if you need further guidance or resources to recover after a collision. Call (915) 584-8777 to connect with a compassionate team member, or visit our office!