I used to be the person who wasn’t always able to take a joke; I used to get really embarrassed if I had something stuck in my teeth and someone pointed it out, if my jeans weren’t cuffed perfectly or if I wasn’t wearing the most stylish outfit when I stepped out to run errands. It made me really tense and on guard all the time. I don’t know when it happened but I decided that I needed to stop the nonsense, it was taking away too much joy in my life.
I’m not saying I don’t have moments where I get embarrassed, tense, or anxious. I do. The difference now is how quickly I’m able to shake it off, some days are harder than others and that’s okay. I make a constant effort to put myself in uncomfortable or silly situations so I can get used to the idea that people are watching me. Luckily, there are moments when I actually stop noticing that people are watching and that’s when I feel the most free.
I started taking the following 5 steps to help me get through this process, I think you would find them helpful:
- Laugh at yourself if you do something silly…it’s ok, you’re not perfect.
- Ignore and walk away from unnecessary comments, they’re never worth it.
- Make it a mental note to remember that what people think and/or might think is irrelevant.
- Be the centre of attention…in a good way. Force yourself to get used to the feeling of having all eyes on you so when something ’embarrassing’ happens in front of others…it won’t matter as much.
- Surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are, then you won’t feel like you’re being judged if they give you a heads up about a piece of food stuck in your teeth or throw you a piece of gum when you really need it.
All in all, I’m happy with and I love my crazy, bubbly, pensive, sensitive, and imperfect self. 🙂
How about you? Do you ever feel like you take yourself too seriously?
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