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I’ve been using Headspace for about a year now, and my only big issue now is applying mindfulness to driving. My question is: are there any quick tips on how to apply mindfulness while driving with extreme panic without getting into a car accident?
This is a really interesting question and one which I am quite sure many people will have thought about. It is also one we need to be really careful about, for obvious reasons. So, before I go any further, just to be clear:
Neither myself or Headspace recommend using any Headspace content or exercises while driving your car.
It sounds so obvious and, in many ways, may well feel like a boring legal disclaimer, but it’s not; it’s much more than that.
When we drive a car we need to be 100% present with what we are doing and not thinking about anything else, not even a mindfulness exercise. I’m pretty sure most people can think of times when they have gone several miles or more in the car and then suddenly realized they were lost in thought. It almost feels as though we have just woken up. Funnily enough, that’s how we spend a lot of our life, we just tend to notice it a bit more when we are confronted with the potential dangers of driving a car under the influence of a wandering mind.
So this advice is more general; a few mindfulness tips which you can quite easily and naturally incorporate or integrate into your everyday driving:
Hope a few of those are helpful in some way.