I have a career that puts me in the public eye daily, and I handle it just fine.
However, I do find that when I go to a party or other event where I am expected to socialize, I find that if I go to the event by bike , rather than by car, I am much calmer and relaxed when meeting other people when I get there.
I noticed this first when I was 18 and into running. I would run long distances before going to a party. By the time I got to the party, I would feel a sense of calm wash over me, instead of anxiety which is often what I would feel when meeting new people. It made the experience much more enjoyable (and the beer tasted much better too )
Fast forward 30+ years. I still feel anxiety in certain social situations, but my "go-to" drug is now bike riding.
Any one else have the same stress solution?