Psychological Techniques to Overcoming Blushing in Social Situations.
There is now a great deal of research to show that psychological therapy, particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches, can be effective in assisting people in overcoming the social anxiety which is often central to the maintenance of facial blushing.
Psychological techniques will vary depending upon the exact nature of your symptoms, triggers, and thinking patterns. However some of the techniques that might be introduced if you consult a psychologist include:
Cognitive Restructuring & Behavioural Techniques – Techniques to shift unhelpful negative thinking which drives the anxiety and blushing.
Situational Relaxation Techniques (sometimes only – as these are not appropriate in every situation and can sometimes be maintaining the blushing problem)
Attention shifting techniques (sometimes)
Overcoming unhelpful coping skills which a person might use to calm them down but actually makes things worse in the long run.
Gradual Exposure – Gradually confronting situations which previously used to cause anxiety or blushing. This might sound scary but it is important to realise that this happens later in treatment when you have already acquired other skills and are you decide you are ready to start taking these gradual steps.
A range of other techniques depending on the exact nature of your problems.
Some people opt for medical treatments, such as anxiety reducing medications, in addition to psychological therapy. There can be advantages and disadvantages to this approach. You should consult your local doctor for information about these approaches, and their risks and benefits, if that is something you are wanting to explore.