If you are someone who would describe yourself as ‘awkward’, then you know just how debilitating it can sometimes be. Whether you bring the awkwardness yourself or somehow manage to find yourself in the centre of awkward situations time and time again, the fact of the matter is that you would rather not have to go through life like that! Here are some ways to outsmart awkwardness.
1. Natural Response
A lot of internal awkwardness stems from the pauses that you take trying to find the perfect answer to something, and you will find that you have a much easier time in conversation if you spend less brain power on preparing what to say, and just let your instincts take over. You will feel much less awkward!
2. Admit It
Some people are just naturally shyer and more awkward, and that is totally fine. You can rip the Band-Aid off really effectively by just admitting that you are feeling anxious or awkward about a situation. People will understand and that unspoken weirdness won’t be there!
3. Don’t Worry about Saying the Wrong Thing
Lots of tension can arise when you spend all of your time trying not to say the wrong thing. This is particularly noticeable when you are with someone who is grieving or sad. The truth is you don’t have to say anything at all; simply just being with the person often be all the support that they need rather than awkward words.
4. Own It
If you know that you have made a mistake in your words or your actions, the best thing to do is own up to it straight away. The awkwardness only has a chance to grow and develop in the background when you leave your mistakes unsaid. Bringing it up yourself and making a joke out of it is always the best way to go.
5. Embrace Limitations
You in yourself will be aware of the situations and scenarios that make you feel the most awkward, so you if you know deep down how a particular thing is going to make you feel, you can always make the mature decision to accept your limitations and perhaps give something a miss.
6. Stay Quiet
If you don’t have to speak, then don’t if you don’t want to! Let other people take the lead in a group setting and just chime in with little bits and bobs when you feel safe and comfortable to do so. You don’t always have to be the one who tries to awkwardly guide the conversation.