One of my top five most embarrassing moments is actually compliments of lifewithlilred. I was interviewing a musician for an article and oh. my. goodness. he was gorgeous. I was typing out his answers on a Word document as he was replying and everything was going great…Until I accidentally deleted the entire six page document without saving it.
Thankfully, he was super cool about it and the article was still a-okay thanks to my really good memory (I hate to brag!). But, still. It was literally the most horrible accident that could happen in the situation and I was so embarrassed that I could barely sputter out “I’m sorry”. Not only that, but my face turned fifty shades of red that didn’t seem to go away even after he left! I was a sweaty, spazzy, beet-faced mess. Jeez…I’m getting flustered just thinking about it!
So, I totally get it. Embarrassing situations happen, some that are worse than others. But, if you know how to play it off, you’ll be able to handle your next oopsie like a pro.
Oops! Say Goodbye To Embarrassing Situations:
Being a human being can be really hard work. There are so many rules that we all have to follow and sometimes thing happen that are so embarrassing, we wish the floor could just swallow us whole. If you suffer at all from social anxiety then these horrendous occurrences are what keeps you from sleeping at night. But what you have to remember is that everyone suffers embarrassment. It happens to the best of us! Here are four pro tips for winning in an awkward situation.
- Burping in Public: This is the worst. Imagine you’re on a date with a guy who you’ve been waiting for forever to ask you out. You enjoy pasta together and a couple of glasses of white wine. Just as you’re starting to take your flirting up a notch, you burp. Urgh! Ok, if this happens to you it’s important to remember that everyone does it (those who claim they don’t are lying!). Just cover your tracks and be honest with him – excuse your actions and try to laugh it off. If he’s a good guy then he’ll completely understand. A sense of humor is truly endearing.
*This is an occasion to not be like me and literally scream “EXCUSE ME” afterwards. I think it’s funny…my family and boyfriend? Not so much.*
- Food Stuck in Your Teeth: What is it about eating that ups the potential embarrassment factor by 100! Unless you are constantly checking a mirror then you won’t know if you have something in your teeth until you see it for yourself. If the people you’re with are feeling kind, they should tell you but if they don’t, that’s what public bathrooms are for! Excuse yourself after the meal, and double check your pearly whites in the mirror. Carrying some charcoal floss picks with you isn’t a bad idea, either (that’s what I do!).
But remember, it’s totally okay to just ask someone! There is nothing wrong or taboo about asking whomever you’re with about whether you have something stuck in your teeth. Just try to do it politely and subtly. I promise, it will be okay. 🙂
- Getting Caught Short: Yeah, yeah laugh away but it can happen! Sometimes, it really is just a one time thing but other times it can actually be a medical issue. An overactive bladder can affect the best of us and if you are caught short it can be a nightmare. Coping with bladder incontinence is much easier if you make sure you have the right tools for the job. Make sure you’re always armed with your favorite panty liners and if things get really tricky, there are always adult briefs (better safe than sorry!) that you can buy. If you find you’re leaking more than normal make sure you take a trip to your friendly doctor who will be able to help you further.
- Forgetting Someone’s Name: We all lead busy lives and with social networking being so prominent, it’s easy to find yourself bombarded with names of people you barely know! If you’re in a social situation and you forget someone’s name (or you get their name wrong) then the easiest thing to do is just confront the problem and confess your error. Honestly, it’s sometimes easier and less awkward to admit you’re in the wrong and then laugh about it. I guarantee the person that you’re talking to has forgotten someone’s name before – they’ll completely understand. Make a joke about it!
*I forget people’s names frequently and I apologize in advance for it!*
What was one of your most embarrassing moments? What do you do to ease the embarrassment after an oopsie? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
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