Department of Motor Anxiety
A panic parade, stress on steroids, an anxiety attack, a cavalcade of clichés…these are just a few of the ways that I would describe my most recent trip to the notorious Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV. The DMV is synonymous with stress and waiting. I’m pretty sure that you could have a flash mob break out into Broadway’s greatest hits and everyone there would still be miserable.
My total time spent at the DMV was about 2 hours. I have had experiences where I have had to wait at the DMV or other offices for longer periods of time, but there is something about the DMV that causes the experience to be one that is fraught with stress and anxiety.
The stakes are high. I rely heavily on my vehicles and I know that many people cannot go through their daily routines if something happens to their ability to drive. There is this fear that if something goes wrong at the DMV, if a form is missing or incorrectly filled out that suddenly we won’t be able to drive, and as a result, everyone is tense.
There is also the cliché angry guy or guys at the DMV who feel the need to yell at the attendants and cause a scene. I understand frustration, but everyone in that kind of scenario is frustrated, and causing a scene does not help in any way shape or form. Every time I have ever been to the DMV, there is always at least one guy who feels the need to cause trouble and they always feel the need to talk to me and try to vent.
I will say that I think that the process has gotten better, more forms are available online and the office that I went to actually had the option to schedule a reservation, something that I did not expect and did not take advantage of. After my trip to the DMV, I can say that I am extraordinarily luckily to work for a company that specializes in massage and relaxation products. When I came into the office, I found a fully charged InstaShiatsu+ Neck and Back Massager waiting for me on my desk. Thanks guys!
I hope that if you find yourself in a stressful situation that you have your own healthy and effective way to relax and unwind when it’s all over.
Marc | Copywriter