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If you’ve ever been caught with broccoli in your teeth, or coming out of the ocean sans bathing suit top (who hasn’t?!), you’ve probably wondered how to redeem your pride. It isn’t easy after an embarrassing social situation, but I’m here to tell you, it’s possible.

What really matters is how you handle the situation — and the better you deal with it, the better others around you will react. Here are a few things I think help the most when it comes to those horrifying moments in life:

• Keep in mind the fact that you’re not alone. While you’re facedown at the bottom of the stairwell, with only one shoe intact, just remember: You’re not the only person this has ever happened to. Own up to it, realize how embarrassing it is, but then move on. Next week it could happen to someone else and no one will even remember when it happened to you.

• Don’t beat yourself up. If you overthink a situation, you’ll never let yourself forget it. Instead, talk to your friends or family about how you feel. Tell them your story and maybe they’ll be able to relay one of their own embarrassing moments to get your mind off of yours.

• Most importantly, be able to laugh at yourself. People say that laughter is the best medicine — and it’s true. Being able to laugh at yourself will not only make you more comfortable, it’ll also make it easier for people to laugh with you and not at you.

What were some of your most embarrassing moments, and how did you handle the situation?

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