Embarrassment is a self-conscious emotion dictated by disconnect between how you feel you should have acted in public and how you have actually acted. For example, the moment when some unfortunate noise comes out of your body or when you have spilled something on yourself in the presence of friend or relatives.
You can’t do anything to undo the situation, even though you might wish you could turn back that embarrassing moment. You are helpless, so you should learn how to deal with such situation when you feel you have not lived up to what the society asks for. (Read more: How To Deal With The Most Embarrassing Dating Moments)
You should learn to deal with the situation instead of avoiding it whenever you are on the receiving end of undesired attention. Here are 5 ways to deal with embarrassment.
1. Apologize if you think you should: If you have done something really wrong, you should apologize and move forward. You just need to say, “I am sorry that I did that, though I didn’t mean it.” But this does not mean that you will become an apology addict, as you might feel worse.
2. Let the moment pass: Do not give so much attention and importance to the past that it bothers you too much as all embarrassment takes place in the past. You need to focus on what is happening presently. If you were able to stay in the present moment perfectly, you wouldn’t feel an ounce of embarrassment.
3. Make fun of the moment: Laugh on what you have done or what has happened as you cannot change it. Share your story with your friends, colleagues and relatives as this might ease your tension and help you move forward. Never try to justify what happened.
4. Forgive yourself by thinking it happens to everyone: It is important to forgive yourself for doing something that made you embarrassed in public. It happens with everyone so there is nothing to worry about it. By forgiving yourself, you are sending a message to your brain that everything is okay and you should move on.
5. Try to distract yourself: After you have faced and dealt with the situation that made you embarrassed, you should move on. You can help yourself and others to let pass the embarrassing moment by changing the subject or initiate a discussion so that people forget about what happened. Talk about what the government is doing to improve trade or about upcoming elections.