Driving test nerves – How Hypnotherapy can help
I regularly receive inquiries from people wanting help in overcoming their driving test nerves. Types of nerves can range from an overwhelming feeling of anxiety about the test, to more specific anxieties related to a particular maneuver required during the test.
The vast majority of people I see are very capable drivers and have no anxieties during their driving lessons. Some have taken their test previously, either once or have had several attempts. Others just want a little boost to make sure they are feeling absolutely calm confident before sitting their test for the first time. If you have taken your test previously you may have had a bad experience or failed due to a few simple errors. This experience may have caused a few doubts in your mind about your ability to pass the test. This can then turn into a limiting belief, backed up by every failed attempt you make at passing your test.
So what exactly causes nerves or anxiety?
It all starts with the subconscious mind and how you think about, and process experiences and future events. You essentially have two different parts to your minds, the conscious mind which thinks about what you want to happen, and the subconscious mind which brings in the fear and doubt. When these two parts of your mind are in conflict, the imagination wins.
So from a driving test perspective, your conscious mind thinks: “I’m going to pass my driving test”. The subconscious mind comes in with fear and doubt, answering “But what if I don’t? I’m going to get something wrong, I’m going to forget everything and just freeze. Just look what happened the last time, I got really anxious and stressed and forgot to indicate and check your mirrors.” As soon as there is a conflict between the two, the subconscious wins and overrides the conscious mind. You start imagining the worst case scenario and messing up a maneuver, feeling really nervous and stressed.
When you imagine the worst case scenario, it is like you are playing a horror movie in your head. This then feeds down to your body and your body responds with physical symptoms of stress and anxiety. You may experience an upset stomach, sweaty palms, hyperventilating, heart palpitations and you feel as if you can’t remember anything that you have learned from your driving lessons. This is obviously not a good situation to be in just before or during your test!
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool to help you overcome your driving test nerves. During the Hypnotherapy session I am able to bypass the conscious mind and firmly put suggestions into the subconscious to enable the two parts of your mind to work together as one. By doing this, I am able to start training your subconscious mind to work with you, rather than against you.
In this situation, I can run through an ideal driving test in your mind whilst in hypnosis. Now instead of playing a horror movie of everything going wrong, I can suggest everything going correctly ,leaving you feeling nice and calm, relaxed and in full control. I can go through all parts of the test in your mind, with you feeling how you would like to feel during your test.
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