It’s not an easy task to keep a straight face in tense situations. Laughter and stress don’t mix, and the impulse to laugh when we’re feeling uncomfortable can be awkward or embarrassing in front of others. But there are ways to avoid the impulse to laugh when you’re trying your hardest.
Breathe deeply and exhale slowly
If you’re feeling tense and can’t control your laughter, try taking deep breaths and slowly releasing them. You can do this by holding both of your nostrils and breathing in through one and out through the other.
You can also try to focus on something else – playing a game on your phone or listening to music can help distract you from the stressful situation.
Think of something that makes you happy, like a favorite song or memory
Think of something that makes you happy, like a favorite song or memory. It’s important to think about something else when you’re in a tense situation. This will help to take your mind off of the things happening around you.
Try to distract yourself by thinking about other things in your life that are going well
I find that when I’m in a tense situation, it’s really difficult to not laugh. Of course, laughter and stress don’t mix and laughter in the moment can be an awkward and embarrassing thing in front of others. But in order for you to avoid the impulse to laugh when you’re feeling uncomfortable there are a number of things that you can do. One way is to try distracting yourself by thinking about other things in your life that are going well at the moment. It’ll take your mind off of what’s going on and you’ll be less likely to laugh.
Picture the person you’re talking to as a small child who needs help from an adult
Picture the person you’re talking to as a small child who needs help from an adult.
You need to be helpful and kind with that person. When they are sad, you should try to make them happy. And when they are happy, you should try to not laugh at them or point out what has made them so happy.
Take deep breaths and focus on calming your thoughts before responding
When you’re in a tense situation and about to laugh, remember to take deep breaths and focus on calming your thoughts before responding. This will keep the impulse to laugh at bay while you’re trying to find a way out of the tense situation.
Remember that this situation is temporary and will pass soon enough
It’s doubtful that you’ll be able to stop laughing altogether, but you’re able to minimize the frequency of laughter. Practice mindfulness by focusing on your breathing and imagining that you’re surrounded by cool blue ocean water. It is important to keep this in mind if you want to keep your sanity during the time of tension.