We all have embarrassing moments – whether it’s burping in front of a date or stumbling over our words in a meeting. But there are some habits that are more embarrassing than others, and can really make us wish the ground would open up and swallow us whole. If you’re tired of being embarrassed in public, read on for five of the most embarrassing habits and how to avoid them.
1. Talking Too Loudly
There’s nothing more embarrassing than being the person who is talking too loud in a public place. Whether you’re at a restaurant or in a movie theater, talking too loudly is sure to turn heads and garner dirty looks. If you find yourself talking too loud, try to take a step back and lower your voice. If you’re still struggling, try chewing gum or sucking on a hard candy to help keep your mouth occupied.
2. Fidgeting Too Much
Fidgeting is normal – we all do it from time to time. But if you’re finding that you can’t sit still for more than a few minutes without getting antsy, it might be time to find some new ways to occupy your hands. Again, chewing gum or sucking on hard candy can help, as can keeping a stress ball or fidget toy nearby. You can also try wearing clothing with pockets so you have somewhere to put your hands.
3. Making Too Much Eye Contact
Making eye contact is important, but there is such a thing as making too much eye contact. Staring someone down or making prolonged eye contact can make people feel uncomfortable, and often comes across as creepy. If you find yourself making too much eye contact, try looking at people’s noses instead of their eyes. Or, focus on an object behind the person you’re talking to – that way, you’ll still be making eye contact without staring them down.
4. Breathing heavily through your mouth
We all need to breathe, but if you’re constantly breathing heavily through your mouth it can be really off-putting for those around you – not to mention embarrassing. If you’re struggling with heavy breathing, practice some deep-breathing exercises to help calm yourself down and slow your breathing down. And if all else fails, carry a handkerchief or tissues with you so you can discretely cover your mouth if needed.
5. Interrupting People
Have you ever been in the middle of telling a story when someone suddenly interrupts you? It’s not only rude, but also really frustrating – especially if they don’t let you finish what you were saying. If you’re prone to interrupting people mid-sentence, try counting to three before speaking – that way, you’ll give the other person time to finish what they were saying before jumping in with your own thoughts.
We’ve all been there – feeling embarrassed in public because of our own actions or habits. But by being aware of the habits that embarrass us most and taking steps to avoid them, we can limit those embarrassing moments and feel more confident in ourselves when we’re out and about. So next time you find yourself wanting to talk loudly or interrupt someone mid-sentence, remember these tips and save yourself from embarrassment!