Seventeen Magazine has a feature called “traumarama” which shares hilarious stories of teens embarrassing themselves. Of course, most of the drama revolves around the contributor appearing stupid around someone really, really important like a crush or a popular person. These stories are hilarious, unless of course they’re happening to you. Then, they seem like the worst possible thing in the world!
Believe it or not, you can recover from something embarrassing, even something extremely embarrassing, without having two move two states over. How do you do it? We have three tips to help you avoid embarrassment:
One: Don’t let it bother you
You have to first learn not to care about these embarrassing moments. Sure, they may bother you, but you have to remind yourself in the grand scheme of things, they don’t mean much. A guy I know who peed himself in first grade is now a very successful and wealthy man. Whatever happened to you is not the end of the world. Keep that perspective.
Two: Laugh it off
If possible, laugh with everyone (even if they are laughing at you). Make light of yourself and your situation and show everyone that it doesn’t even bother you. Make a witty comment based on observational humor and you may even win friends from that embarrassing situation.
Three: Don’t react
Stay calm and relaxed in the midst of the embarrassment (and after the fact). I knew a guy in high school who picked his nose in junior high and received a nickname because of it. That nickname continued through high school because he always got upset about. If he had blown it off and laughed, people would’ve stopped bugging him. When he reacted, they kept saying it, just to get his reaction.
Hopefully these three tips will help you overcome almost any socially embarrassing situation you may find yourself in. Just remember to stay relaxed and never give the event (or anyone witnessing it) any power over you.
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