Hello Ann and a warm welcome to HealingWell.
Blushing from embarrassment is governed by the same system that activates your fight-or-flight response: the sympathetic nervous system. It occurs most often after a high level of anxiety, for example it may occur in a person during a presentation, meeting or social situation where they are anxious of being judged, criticised and evaluated by other people.
I have a mild form of this and it is usually caused in a social situation from the samples noted above.
One trick is, when you feel the blushing coming on, to deliberately drop your shoulders, relax your body, and push your stomach out. This takes a bit of doing at first, so you might want to practice.
Part of the embarrassment about blushing is caused by the thought that others will see you as weak or silly. However, everyone has had the experience of being embarrassed, and it's not nice for anyone. Any decent person will be sympathetic about it. Anyone who thinks less of you for it is most probably not worth knowing anyway!
Not only do I blush but my brain goes into stupid mode as I feel so embarrassed but over the years it happens less and less. I also turn beet red when I feel upset and angry.
Keep telling yourself you are a really awesome person and people are lucky to be called your friend.
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