Experiencing an Embarrassing Event Due to Stress: Dealing with the Fallout

We have all dealt with an experience that ends in embarrassment. With everything from accidentally slipping or falling to getting up and making a speech in front of the classroom, the result is a spike of anxiety that can trigger an excessive amount of sweat and perspiration. So how do you handle a situation like that? A quick escape is always the best bet, but not always a feasible solution. Here are just a few tips to consider when you have to deal with the fallout of a stressful and embarrassing life event.

Invest in a Good Antiperspirant

If you know that you’re going to be in a situation that might make you a bit uncomfortable, such as a job interview or dinner with your girlfriend’s parents, now is the time to think ahead about your heavy perspiration. Investing in a good antiperspirant that blocks your excessive sweating can save you from looking like a drowned rat once your excitement takes over. Some people just sweat thinking about a stressful situation. If this is the case with you, be prepared ahead of time. Be sure to bring a seat absorbing cloth with you to have at all times. Also, keep your antiperspirant handy and reapply if needed. Once the sweat is dry, you can add more antiperspirant for added protection. While it may seem slightly inconvenient to excuse yourself to do this, it’s well worth a few minutes away rather than to be embarrassed in front of people you know.

Cool Down

Did you just get put on the spot only to find yourself with sweaty hands, armpits and sweat dripping down the front of the shirt? If it looks like you just ran a marathon or finished training at the gym only because you were asked to perform a small speech, the effects can be very embarrassing. If you can get away and use more antiperspirant, now is the time. Until your anxiety subsides, you may still experience heavy sweating several minutes after a rush of adrenaline or spike of anxiety. Dealing with the fallout should begin with getting your body temperature brought down. Start by removing layers of clothing if you can and moving to a location that is cool with a lower temperature. If that’s not possible and you have to return to the situation, try splashing your face with cold, ice water. This is used by animals to help with their fight or flight pattern. Immersing your face in ice water will lower your heart rate and slowly start to bring your body temperature down.

Get Yourself Hydrated  

Did you just leave your bosses office and was he drilling you with several technical or hard-pressed questions? If so, it likely shot your body temperature up, which in turn triggered some excessive sweating. While there is no way to avoid this type of stressful and uncomfortable situation, you can try to remedy it as soon as possible. If there is cold water nearby, drink a lot of it. This helps replenish any lost sweat and electrolytes and can help rehydrate you. Being hydrated properly can help regulate your heart rate, body temperature, and your blood pressure—all which are contributing factors to over sweating. If you know you’ll be meeting with your boss or be thrown into another high-stress level situation be sure to avoid a lot of caffeine, as well as spicy foods—both can trigger bouts of anxiety that could produce excess sweat.

Turn the Situation into a Positive One

Finding yourself in an embarrassing situation such as a rip in your pants, or taking off your shoes only to reveal foot odor in a public place can make it hard to slow down your stress levels. Before you know it, you’re breaking out a sweat and you’ll soon need to change your wet shirt, stinky socks, and pants. Thwart the situation by laughing it off or brushing it off like a joke. While you may feel like dying on the inside, it truly is a moment that will pass. Sometimes sweat is triggered not only by a fight or flight response but by the embarrassment of how you perceive things to be. Changing the way you react or think can make a huge difference in how much you sweat.

Shaking hands with someone while you’re sweating or seeing them face to face with sweat drenched clothing doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Finding ways to combat stress will reduce the likelihood of an excessive sweat outbreak.

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