Of all the embarrassing moments out there, perhaps what is most embarrassing is how long it can take us to get over the initial shock and blush-factor. I mean, why do I still cringe when I think about toilet paper on my shoe? Isn’t it just funny by now? If you are terrified of making a social faux pas, you are likely not having as much fun in life as you should be. If it helps, we all make mistakes and getting over those can be easy to do once you get the hang of it.
Laugh It Off
If you do get caught with your skirt tucked into your underpants or with toilet paper on your shoe, laugh it off. You might be mortified, but if you can laugh along with everyone else, it eases the pain and keeps the tears at bay. It isn’t always easy, but the sooner you learn to laugh at yourself, the healthier and more fun you’ll be. Everyone likes someone who can take a hit and make it fun.
Make a Joke
If you have a sharp sense of humor, you already know this trick. If you can make a joke out of something embarrassing, you can ease yourself out of all kinds of situations. Granted you’ll need to be sure that your joke isn’t embarrassing anyone else, and you’ll want to be aware of your audience. (That means don’t make a dirty joke or something that might get you in trouble.) But when you walk out with your panties showing from your flipped up skirt, laugh it off with a joke, “Oh my underwear is showing? Just trying to get with the times.” (You might then sag your skirt a bit to pretend to be thuggish with your boxers hanging out.)
Tell a Story
When you’re embarrassed, have another story on reserve to see you through. It’s easy to deflect the drama of one situation with a truly horrifying story of someone else or something that happened to you. Again, your goal here isn’t to embarrass someone else, so be careful to tell a story that happened to a distant relative nobody knows or tell your own more embarrassing story to lighten the mood. “I’m all right! That wasn’t even a bad fall – It was so much worse this one time when I was walking down the science hall and…”
Shrug It Off
Something is only embarrassing when you are actually embarrassed about it. So if you trip in the hallway, laugh a bit, tell your friend to hold on while you collect your things, and then keep on walking as if nothing happened. Pretty soon many people will just forget about it (although you might be replaying the moment again and again in your head, at least it’s not spreading throughout the hallways.)
Now that you know how to get out of an embarrassing spot, it’s your job to help out others around you. There is nothing worse that doing something embarrassing and not having anyone to help you out. Stay on your toes so that you can offer the kind of help someone else needs to get over their embarassment. You might offer a joke to make the situation lighter, “Oh that? That was just part of our show…dah duh!” or just a helping hand to gather books and then launch into your own story, “OMG! Did I tell you about the time that I was…”