However blushing or the fear of blushing can for some people be a real problem and can be triggered by everyday situations like being asked the time by a stranger or talking to the opposite sex. This in turn can cause anxiety and can make anxious situations like going for an interview, finding a partner or having a social life even more stressful. Although clever make-up can conceal the problem it does very little to get to the bottom of what is causing you to blush in the first place, what is the underlying cause?
Blushing is linked to our Fight or Flight instinct which is fired up when dealing with anything that causes deep emotion such as fear or anger. Our body releases adrenalin and stress hormones which prepares it to either run away or to deal with the threat which in turn causes our heart to race as extra blood is pumped into it, our pupils dilate, and muscles tend to tense up. This is fine if we are really in danger but if the trigger is embarrassment then the sweaty palms, red face and heart pumping only add to the situation and only when the feeling subsides, does your body return to normal. Blushing is the body’s way of cooling down a body that has been fired up to deal with a situation that isn’t a threat.
Some people suffer from ‘Chronic Blushing’ or ‘Erythrophonia’, which is a fear or phobia of blushing that actually causes them to blush which is triggered by any situation where other people are involved. This is a vicious circle where blushing causes the person to use all their energy wondering if others have noticed them blushing and if so “what can they possibly think of me?”, and “they must wonder why I’m blushing?”, and “they must have noticed by now” and so on, which causes them to blush even more. Hence they tend to over think every situation, whereas the reality is often much less complicated, and others are more caught up in their own thoughts and actions, rather than worrying about what anyone else is doing.
It is important for the person to take control and think more positively about themselves by taking a moment to stand up tall, release any tension in the shoulders which is making them appear smaller in themselves, in order to give a positive feedback message to their brain that they are more confident and to stop releasing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.. Pretend you are a ‘Super Hero’ and try changing your posture to stand up tall in a more confident stance and give yourself a pep talk.
- You are a strong self assured confident person
- You can cope with this situation
- You will be positive
- You will manage this situation
- You will think rationally
- In the grand scheme of things this is a very unimportant moment.
- This is situation is fine and managable
- I can deal with this
- I am going to tackle this head on and deal with it in a calm confident manner
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool I use along with NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and (Time Line Therapy) to release any hidden ‘demons’ that have been buried deep in the unconscious mind that cause this self-consciousness and anxiety, and replace them with new positive ones allowing you to move on with your life in a more positive, confident and relaxed way.
For help in getting to the root cause of what is actually causing you to blush please get in touch as I can help to release any negative beliefs that are holding you back from being the confident person you want to be and deserve to be. You are capable and you can deal with situations so much better, which will allow you to enjoy life in a much calmer and contented way.