Help for Blushing

Blushing. It is one of those things that happens to all of us from time to time, but if it causing you to worry and become anxious about it, then it may be time to do something about it.

Blushing can be extremely frustrating and is generally caused by embarrassment, stress or being put on the spot. Public speaking can cause a person to blush, as can being asked a question in front of a group of people; the person is suddenly in the limelight and feeling as though everyone is expecting a clever, funny or intelligent answer from them. This can cause the “fight or flight” response where a rush of adrenaline is released into the bloodstream and thus the person in the limelight starts to blush.

There are different levels of blushing and I have met many clients who have said they wouldn’t mind if they blushed at a normal level (by this they mean a brief, light colour to the cheeks) but they were blushing to an intense level, causing their whole face and neck to turn red. Of course, if you are concerned you are going to blush in the first place, this can cause anticipation anxiety which can cause you to blush anyway, creating a vicious circle. You may start avoiding situations where you think you might blush, whether that be social gatherings or work meetings.

If you’re a natural blusher you will know how frustrating it can be, and some people who blush aren’t embarrassed or particularly worried about a situation, they simply blush as a normal reaction to things. This can be highly frustrating and leave the person feeling angry and disheartened, and can even hinder them in their everyday life, as they feel as though they are not normal. This of course is not the case, and any decent person will a) not point it out and b) not think any less of a person for blushing.

There are many techniques you can use to lessen and even completely stop blushing. One good technique is deep breathing. It sounds simple, but often when we’re in a situation where we feel “threatened”, we hold our breath, causing even more blood to rush to our face. If you’re asked a question and you’re worried about blushing, take a couple of seconds before you answer (the person asking won’t even notice the delay) and breathe! A few deep, calm breaths will relax your body and help you to stop that instant panicky feeling.

Another technique to use is to pretend you are pushing all of that heat that would normally rush to your face, all the way down your body and into your feet. Get it as far away as possible from your face; push it down, push it away, let it travel down your body, down your legs, right down to your feet. This takes practice, but it will help you a great deal and the less you blush, the more confident you will feel about not blushing.
Blushing is a very natural reaction, but also very frustrating. However, it is something that can be controlled and stopped altogether using the correct techniques and practice.

Hypnotherapy or combining hypnotherapy and a Positive Thinking Styles course can help to change the way you react to certain situations or people so that you can gain more control and insight into yourself. Once you can understand yourself better then you can start to make positive changes to your life.

For any more information on how to deal with blushing or to book a free initial consultation please call Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.

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