When it comes to roadside assistance, we’re truly lucky to have such a service available to us. After all, society demands that we have and drive a car, and cars can and will break down and leave us stranded without help that may never come. That is, until the brilliant invention of roadside assistance. This service is truly a life saver, because when you need it, you really, really need it. It’s the difference between getting your car towed to a garage and getting yourself home or to a hotel and simply waiting inside your car through the night looking for headlights on the horizon. However, as there is always a catch, the modern age is the age of mental illness, and social anxiety in particular is an insanely common example. This creates many problems simply existing in day to day life, as it generates undue stress from simple and often necessary, as in this context, social interactions. Furthermore, this instance of social interaction starts from a position of stress, so it can be a nightmare for a socially anxious individual to deal with the stress. Here are a couple ways you can prepare for this stress and face it head on.
First and foremost, social interaction is built on a foundation of first impressions, so the knowledge that you’ll make a good first impression can be the chill pill you need to confront this situation. Therefore, as a general rule or when you have reason to anticipate car troubles, be sure to look your best. Dress in some nice clothes from Loft, for starters, but also take care of your appearance in general. This means hygiene, which should go without saying, but, again, mental illness, and grooming should receive your full attention. You’re also going to want to maintain inviting body language. Most of our communication is nonverbal, so be sure to at least give off the appearance of being relatively calm. After all, if you’re uncomfortable, your conversation partner will sense it on some level if they don’t know it for a fact on a conscious level. Crossing your arms, for example, is an example of defensive body language and can alert your conversation partner that you’re not at ease, which keeps them from being relaxed, as well. With these tips in mind, hopefully you’re prepared to get rescued without feeling trapped all over again. I suffer from social anxiety myself, so I know how horrifying situations like these can be, but you can do it. I believe in you.