Test Driving Cars with Anxiety

Test Driving Cars with Anxiety

Normally I am at least a little stressed out getting my own car to go anywhere outside of my normal routine. But I just realized I spent the past week going tp 7 different car dealers, test-driving multiple cars, choosing random routes to drive, all while holding a conversation with the salesman (impressive multi-tasking) who I just met, and I’ve not had any anxiety.

However, I am exhausted, and overwhelmed by all the screens and technology in newer cars. But it has been nice, NOT having to put the clutch in every time I stop and constantly thinking about what gear I’m in (that reduces anxiety and multi-tasking).

My conclusion is: I am capable of adapting to and tolerating anything. I’ve always just driven whatever is available- my parent’s mini-van, a car I was given, friend’s cars, 15 passenger van, beat-up pick-up truck. But for the past 12 years, I’ve only driven Duane’s Subaru. Now for the first time in my life, I get to chose! But I hate change, so just give me our old car back, 😭 life will return to normal, and I’ll resume complaining about how much I hate stick-shift. Basically I want my same car, but not stick-shift.

Some favorite quotes from various car salesmen:

“You can drive as fast as you want, as long as you pay the ticket.”

“You can’t scare me, I ride with people who test drive cars, the only thing worse is driving instructor.”

“That is not a center turning lane.” 😳

Yes, I noticed cars coming straight towards me. I responded quickly and calmly veered back into my lane. I let the cars pass before making my left-hand turn. Then we continued on our way, as if hadn’t almost driven a new Bronco into a head-on collision with on-coming traffic.

But it seems like the type of situation where adrenaline should kick in. Or maybe my perception of “normal” adrenaline is actually over-reactive? Or maybe I have such bad adrenal fatigue that my adrenaline doesn’t kick in at all anymore. 

A friend asked what I’ve been doing to reduce anxiety – brain retraining therapy (Tomatis and Neurofeedback), and 3 years of inner healing work / counseling – Souls Like Stars, Reclaiming your Story with Wyndi Nelson, Soul Care with Allison Zimmerman, and Emerge Intensive at The Stirring… and probably some other things I’m not thinking of 🤷‍♀️

Becky TheBahaMama

Becky TheBahaMama

I spend my time making Custom Softbands and Accessories for Ponto, AdHear and Baha hearing devices. I am also a published author. I wanted our daughter to see herself represented in a story - a little girl who has facial differences and wears BAHA hearing aids. The book grew to include some of our friends who are all so wonderfully different. My first book, “Wonderfully Different, Wonderfully Me” features a diverse group of children and celebrates each child’s unique strengths. All children can see themselves in at least one of the characters, whether they look similar, or have the same interests or personality. "Wonderfully Different, Wonderfully Me" is the children's book that belongs in every household and classroom, to promote inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. Order your copt at: wonderfullymebooks.com

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