How to Stop?!

The first time I became concious of blushing was around 8yrs ago.

One day, somebody said something to me and I blushed slightly. They noticed and pointed it out, but it didn't bother me at all and I was able to just laugh it off. Then, later on, when there were more people around they said "I bet I can make her, (meaning me), blush without saying a word..........." and I blushed again! Again, it was no big deal and again I laughed it off, but over the years it started to happen more and more - and now it happens all the time. I can no longer just laugh it off, infact at times I have cried about it!

It happens, literally, all the time - even with friends and family who I feel comfortable around. Everybody notices and points it out, which of course only makes it worse! I feel I can't be myself anymore as I'm constantly worried about what people are thinking of me.

Its beginning to turn into a social phobia, I have to psyche myself up to leave the house.

I have decided to do something about it, as I don't want blushing to continue to affect my life - but the question is, what can be done?!

 

truthteller83 truthteller83
22-25, F
4 Responses Feb 20, 2009

blushing is not the problem it is your fear lof blushing thats the problem get over the fear, your problem is solved.

When you feel like you are going to blush, TRY to blush, it reduces your chances of blushing. Try it. Practice it. It worked for me. It will work for you. One you know you have a tool to fight the blushes off, you will worry a lot less about it, and that will make you even better. Try it. Practice it. It WILL work for you. Trying to blush confuses your facial blood vessels and occupies your mind from going into panic mode. Try it. Practice it. It works.

I know how you feel. Luckily nobody points it out to me, but they stare at my face instead of looking me in the eyes so I can tell they are thinking something about it so it's just as bad. <br />
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I like archimboldo's suggestion. I want to try that out.

I would try to find a supportive group - a large group of family members or friends might do the trick, maybe even a therapy group - get myself in front of the whole group and make myself blush, then just stay in front of everyone until it goes away. Then repeat the process as many times as it takes until I no longer blush.<br />
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Whether you use this technique or some other, please let us know how it all works out.