How Can I Be Less Clumsy?

Where would comedy be without clumsy people? We all get a good cathartic laugh out of characters in movies and television shows falling down stairs, walking into open manholes, and dropping heavy things on their feet. However, being clumsy yourself in real life is not so fun. It can be extremely embarrassing and cause you a good amount of physical pain.

Here are some ways that can help you to reduce that troublesome clumsy streak:

Strength and Flexibility

Watch athletic people. Chances are you will notice that they tend to make fewer of the physical errors that define clumsiness. This is not because they are wired differently than you, but likely due to the fact that they have better physical control over their bodies. Strength and flexibility allow you to not only have smoother and more effective movement during regular activities but also make it easier to quickly make corrections when losing your balance. Work on strengthening your core and increasing flexibility with exercises like Pilates.

Pay Closer Attention

Daydreaming can provide a nice mental break from time to time, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby This reduces the chances of you bumping into another person or tripping over an object that you missed because your head was in the clouds.

Clean Up

If you are the type of person who tends to trip over things, be sure to periodically clean your living and work spaces. Take any object off of the floor that doesn’t need to be there.

Relax and Sleep

Anxiety can affect your ability to concentrate, leading to accidents. The same can be said of insufficient sleep. Try to reduce the amount of stress you experience during the day and take the necessary steps to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.