Blushing can occur at any time and can cause a great deal of embarrassment, you feel as though all eyes are on you, and all you want to do is stop blushing. Blushing can be caused by many triggers these can be both emotional and physical. What happens is these triggers go on to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which will activate the flight or fight response. This flight or fight response causes your blushing because it makes your blood vessels vasodilate, which is why you turn beetroot red.
What is blushing?
Blushing caused by physical triggers occurs because the body has got too hot, for instance the weather could be hot or you have exercised too much. Blushing will help you to cool down as the heat will be lost through the skin. This happens because there are hundreds of blood vessels that open up, they act like quick release valves that are sprung into action when we get too hot and prevents us from overheating.
Blushing is a natural response to too much heat but it does cause a lot of distress, when it does occur. It may be natural but we want to know how to stop blushing as fast as we can.
If your blushing is caused by emotional triggers for instance anxiety, embarrassment or even fear your body releases adrenaline, which is a hormone and this greatly boosts circulation, which of course goes on to turn your face bright red.
Foods can cause blushing too, for instance, spicy foods, which causes blood flow to the skin, turning your face bright red. Some medications can also increase blood flow to your skin which causes blushing.
Why do some people blush more than others?
This is a good question as some of us blush frequently and others don’t blush at all, the reason some people blush more than others is because they have more facial blood vessels that vasodilate, which causes the redness. Although the blushers themselves may not be anxious, the blushing makes them anxious and this makes the situation worse than it actually is. You really are blushing because you are blushing.
How to stop blushing – prevention and treatment
Control your stress levels
Relaxation really is the key when it comes to preventing blushing and there are many great techniques available. Deep breathing and meditation will greatly relax a nervous system that has been stimulated by emotional triggers. These techniques will reduce your stress, anxiety and will reduce your blood pressure which comes with anxiety, to stop blushing you have to relax your whole body.
Try and focus on your breathing when you find yourself in a stressful situation, this way when you feel stressed out or anxious you’re focusing on your breathing and not the cause of your stress. This technique can reduce your blushing, if it has already occurred, or could prevent your blushing in the first place.
If you blush because of stress then you have to get control, stress will leave you in constant fear of blushing and you will be more prone to going red on a regular basis. To stop blushing you have to reduce your anxiety and stress.
You have to break the cycle, if you do blush you have to stop worrying about it, you have to say to yourself “ok, I’m blushing again” and move on, don’t let it get to you. Otherwise you will be in the cycle of blushing and then being embarrassed because you’re blushing.
There are many great meditation techniques that are available and there are classes too, which will offer valuable advice on how you can gain the power over your blushing, by controlling your stress levels.
Being mindful helps greatly and makes you live in the moment, concentrate on the here and now, rather than worrying about a future event or events that may occur that will cause you to blush. Yoga is also great for calming down an anxious mind and will provide you with the power to get control over your emotions which in return will control your blushing.
Take the time to relax and chill out
To stop blushing, you really do have to relax, it’s absolutely essential that you take the time to chill out. If you feel as though you are going to start blushing or you already have, drink a glass of cold water, this will greatly help you to cool down and will help you to stop blushing. Drinking cool water will help your skin go back to its normal colour. You could also try holding a cold compress onto your face for a while. Milk is also perfect for this. By holding a cool compress on your face you will be causing your skin to contract which goes on to constrict the blood vessels and will stop blushing.
Blushing is distressing and it occurs at the most inconvenient times, you could be out with friends, or out for a meal and then all of a sudden you feel yourself turning bright red, and you think everyone in the room is looking at your colour change. The main thing is don’t worry about it, I know it’s easier said than done but it really is the key to controlling your blushing.
It does take time to get full control, there are techniques to be mastered and they really can help. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga can, and do, help a stressed out mind, which will go on to reduce or even prevent your blushing in the first place.
Staying cool and calm is the key when it comes to blushing and you can do it, you really can Keep Calm and Stop Blushing, once you put your mind to it!