Sure, embarrassing situations are, well, embarrassing. But it’s not the end of the world and you won’t be branded as the “one that did that embarrassing thing!” for the rest of your life, don’t worry. However, we know that in that embarrassing moment, it does feel like it will last forever and it’s really hard to shake off that feeling. For that reason, we’ve decided to create this guide on how to stay confident in embarrassing situations and help you stay cool in your next OOPSSS moment.
The “Place Swap”
You will agree with us that during an embarrassing situation, the first thoughts that come to your mind are in the lines of “What have I done?! Now everyone is watching me! Oh, I wish I didn’t exist now!!” Can you see what’s happening here? All the focus is on YOU. Sure, it’s completely normal to be focused on yourself in such moments, but that is seeing the picture from your angle.
The truth is, all the people who saw your OOPSS moment, will think of it much less than yourself. They will most likely forget it after a minute. Just remember the last time you saw someone else embarrass himself. Having a hard time remembering, aren’t you? Well, that’s the whole point of “swapping places” when something embarrassing happens because you quickly realize that it’s not that big of a deal after all.
Turn the Embarrassing Moment into a Joke
When you’re having an embarrassing situation, your friends will most likely tell you to laugh it off. Sure, it is easier said than done, but that actually isn’t a piece of bad advice at all! The best way to stay confident in embarrassing situations and deal with that moment is to face it right away instead of ignoring it. We all know how these moments build up tension and how hard it is to get out of that. However, breaking a joke in that particular tensed moment is the best way to get rid of the bad feeling and immediately process it and turn it into a fun, healthy memory.
Focus on Different Parts of Your Embarrassing Memory
Some of our embarrassing moments can stay in our minds for a long time. And each time you remember it, it hurts the same as it did that day, doesn’t it? Well, there’s a way to get through those embarrassing memories much easier and with less pain. All you have to do is try and remember all the other things that happened around that moment. For example, if you spilled a drink on yourself on a party that happened years ago, and the bad feeling still haunts you, focus on other things that happened at that party. Try and remember the music, the fun you had, the funny stuff you did with your friends. You will see how quickly you forget about that “incident” and start feeling happy because you remembered how much fun you actually had at that party.
When something embarrassing happens, most of us start feeling hot, we blush, and even the breathing becomes hard. Well, that is completely normal because our emotions affect our body temperature. Therefore, cooling off is just what you need at that moment. Taking a few deep breaths will help, but you will overcome the “heat of the moment” much easier if you physically cool yourself off with, for example, ice-cold glass of water.
When something embarrassing happens to us, it makes us cringe, our jaws hurt, and we all wish that it never happened. However, it did happen, and it happens to everyone around the globe, each day. So, the best thing is to face it and get over it right away because if you chug it under the rug, it will come back at you and hurt again. So, the next time something embarrassing happens to you, just pull yourself together and embrace it. It will go away much easier, trust us. You don’t want that bad feeling festering in you… None of us does!