How To Stop Blushing
How To Stop Blushing
If you are affected by severe, frequent blushing, you may well have resigned yourself to a life sentence of feeling embarrassed, uneasy and awkward. But perhaps these tips will help keep your blushing under control.
Step 1: Relax Out Of It
Blushing is often a vicious circle: you get embarrassed, so you blush, so you get more embarrassed. Blushing occurs when you get tense, and blood rushes to the face. But if you can learn to recognise this starting to happen, you can prevent it. Try the following: drop your shoulders, relax the muscles in your body, breathe deeply and push your stomach out. All these things help stop the rush of blood to the head.
Before you know it, you will have learned this strategy, and will be doing it without even thinking about it.
Step 2: Announce It
One thing that allows the vicious circle of blushing to continue is when the blusher tries to hide it. Instead, try being up front, and announce it when it you feel it happening. Say things like "Here we go again," "I'm going to go red now" or "Oh, I think I'm blushing!" meets the situation head on, makes light of it and helps you to relax.
Step 3: Accept It
You need to change the relationship you have with blushing by accepting it as part of you. Try saying to yourself "At the moment, I am a blusher". It sounds strange, but if you can bring yourself to like that part of you more, it is more likely to go away.
Step 4: Don't Worry About Other People's Opinions
You blush, so what? Part of the embarrassment about blushing is caused by the thought that others will see you as weak or silly. Learn not to care about this. After all, any decent person would be sympathetic about it. Anyone who thinks less of you for it is simply not worth knowing anyway
Step 5: Retrain Your Body
Self hypnosis can be a useful technique to help you train your body to relax as you feel the blushing coming on. Use yoga or meditation, and once you are really relaxed try visualising yourself blushing, and it not bothering you at all.
Last of all remember, no one's perfect, and no one expects you to be.