Blushing happens to everyone, but for many, their bodies seemingly run out of control and cause them to blush uncontrollably. This can be a very big problem for a lot of people, with varying degrees of severity ranging from easily blushing during social situations to blushing spontaneously and not being able to stop it. There are many options to deal with this problem, but a good place to start is to see if it is something that you can fix on your own.
The first thing to do is write down the times that you find yourself blushing. Maybe it is when being embarrassed in public, talking in front of other people, or whenever you feel anxious or stressed out by something. For some people, it can be a combination of all of these and more. Writing it down will help to discover the circumstances that trigger these episodes so that you can deal with them one by one.
Because blushing is a physical reaction to an emotion which is driven by a thought, there is a lot that can be done on the psychological side of the equation to help break the chain reaction that leads to uncontrolled facial redness. Once these thoughts are isolated, then you can start to re-program your mind to respond using a different emotion, therefore stopping the blushing.
For example, put yourself in a situation where you blush. What are you thinking during that moment? When you think that thought, how do you feel? Answering these questions will help you to identify the chain reaction that leads to excessive blushing. Now the trick is to convince yourself to attach a different emotion to those thoughts.
If your thought leads you to be anxious, such as speaking in public, then think about speaking in public, but instead of being anxious, visualize yourself being relaxed and at ease. This takes a lot of practice and dedication. But the more you exercise this way, the more you can control and direct how you feel, which can reduce the problem with excessive blushing.
To build on this technique, using visualization is a powerful and effective way to supercharge the exercise mentioned above. It’s easy to do this, and the first thing to do is put yourself in a comfortable place and relax for a few minutes. Take a couple of deep breaths and just sink into yourself as you let go of things for a little while. Once you are relaxed, start visualizing yourself in situations that trigger the events that lead to your blushing problem. Play it out in your mind, imagining you in that situation from beginning to end.
As you are walking through this scenario, whenever you feel yourself getting anxious, or even feeling that familiar tingle and heat in your face, take a couple of breaths and calm down, reassuring yourself that you are in control of the situation and are not going to trigger an outbreak. This method takes a lot of practice, but after you get used to it, it will get easier. You may start noticing improvement in your ability to control the blushing.
The key is to isolate and then deal with your react to triggers. Controlling problems with blushing is possible to do by yourself, but it may be easier to involve other people in the process who can walk you through various other options. The bottom line is that you don’t have to suffer from uncontrolled blushing and there are effective ways to fix the problem, either alone or with professional assistance.