Embarrassment Quotes (127 quotes)
A Surprisingly Easy Way to Stop Reliving Embarrassing Moments
Dear Lifehacker, Every time I do something embarrassing, I find myself frozen in terror. How can I stop freaking out at every little misstep? Dear Embarrassed, Take a deep breath and relax. While you may not be able to completely shut down the physiological reactions of embarrassing moments, there are plenty of ways to soften their blow and handle them with grace. You may even be able to prevent some embarrassing moments in the future.
Written by Emilie. Topics: Confidence. Do you ever stay up at night, replaying awkward or embarrassing moments in your head? Maybe you hear a certain person who laughed at you in high school or your own voice from a day, week, or even years earlier telling that story that nobody thought was funny. Many of us beat ourselves up over insignificant events that truly went unnoticed by others or happened so long ago that nobody else even remembers. Still, these memories manage to stick around, stay alive in our heads, and torment us.
Maybe you said something a bit awkward. Maybe your voice sounded a little weird. Maybe someone gave you a small rejection — like avoiding talking to you. And now your mind is torturing you. Over and over again on repeat. And the worst part is: YOU are the star of this terrible movie! Yes, that small backpack is it.
And yet, embarrassment is one of the most universal emotions. To get over an embarrassing moment, learn to respond externally in a lighthearted way and minimize the incident internally. If you can't get past your embarrassment, consider if another underlying issue might be the cause. And beyond all else, keep in mind: rather than distancing you from everyone else around you, the capacity to experience embarrassment is actually one of the aspects of yourself that connects you to others the most. During an embarrassing moment, it can feel like the world is crumbling around you, but you can get over it by laughing and admitting how embarrassed you are. Avoid making a scene by shouting or running away. Instead, keep in mind that the moment will pass and people are more likely to forget about it if your reaction is mild.