What to Do About Being Clumsy

How to Be Less Clumsy

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Are you always tripping and falling over? Clumsiness is not fun, and can be dangerous at times. This article will teach you how to be less clumsy. This guide will give you some basic practical pointers to minimize your clumsiness. By changing your environment to make it safer, and changing your behavior to slow down and pay careful attention, you can take big strides to reducing your clumsiness with only a few changes.


Creating a Safe Environment

  1. Clean up around the house.Creating an environment with less clutter will help you avoid tripping, bumping into things, or cutting yourself. As with many things in life, creating an environment in which it is easier to reach your goal (to be less clumsy), will make it much easier to achieve success.
    • Leave your shoes at the door, so they aren’t in your way later.
    • Donate, recycle, or throw away old things that you no longer want or need. This will help reduce clutter.
  2. Wear clothes that fit you.This way when you're walking your clothes won't get caught on anything. The length of your pants should fit you perfectly. This way you can't trip over your pants.
    • Make sure your shoelaces are not too long. This will help prevent you from stepping on them and tripping.
    • Your pants should not be long enough to get caught under your shoes. Proper length pants will give you one less thing on which to trip.
  3. Get organized.Organizing things in your home can help prevent accidents. When you know where everything is, you are less likely to accidentally knock something over or be caught be surprise by something (for example, a knife on the counter that could cut you).
    • Put things back after you use them.
    • Make sure to zip-tie, or otherwise bind, stray cords so that they do not become tripping hazards.
  4. Install stable railings in your staircases and use them.If you already have railings installed in your house, make sure that they can actually support your weight and are securely attached to the wall.
    • Use the railings when you walk down the stairs. Walk deliberately and use the safety equipment you have. Railings aren't just for trying to catch yourself when you fall, they can help prevent the fall in the first place.
  5. Install non-slip mats in commonly slippery areas.Bathrooms, kitchens, and other places that might have slippery floors like tiles can be hazardous. Non-slip maps can help provide you with a safer surface on which to stand and work, such as in the shower or in front of the sink.
    • Non-slip mats are often made of rubber. They are available in many department stores and specialty stores that deal in bathrooms, kitchens, etc.
  6. Make sure your home is well lit.It is much easier to be clumsy when operating in a dimly lit area. If your built-in lighting is insufficient, consider adding additional lamps in your home.
    • Overhead lighting is often the best choice to provide ambient lighting, the kind of lighting that lights up a whole room. This kind of lighting will help you see clearly.
    • Look at your room with the lights on and determine shadowy areas. Add additional lightning to ensure these areas are clearly lit as well.

Changing Your Behavior

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings.It is easy to get lost in thought, daydream, or otherwise fail to see things around. In this case, you are much more prone to clumsiness. Being aware of your surroundings will help you to avoid common clumsy mistakes like bumping into things.
    • Look at and note the small things around you. This will help you become more aware of your surroundings and build good habits that reduce clumsiness.
  2. Slow down.If you are rushed, you are much more likely to do things wrong, because you think you don't have any time. When in a rush, it is easy to stop paying attention to the things around you, and therefore easier to trip, fall, bump into someone or spill your drink.
    • Practice doing things slowly. If you are in the habit of rushing, you will rush even if you are trying not to. Pay close attention to being slow and deliberate with your actions.
  3. Focus on the present moment.If you suffer from “time urgency,” a constant and ever-present feeling that there is not enough time, you will likely always be focusing on the deadline, the next thing you have to do, or the next place you have to be. Focus on the present moment to help avoid making clumsy mistakes.
    • Trying taking twelve, slow, deliberate breaths to help return your focus to the present.This will help take your mind off other things and move it to the present.
  4. Pay attention to detail.Paying attention to detail will help you notice things around you, and also help you to pay attention to present moment. This is particularly important if you are making mistakes in the workplace.
    • Pay attention to detail when working, to help build good habits. It will help you avoid making avoidable mistakes in work and in other parts of life.
    • Don’t over-book yourself. If you are always worried about getting to the next thing, you will be unable to pay attention to details.
    • Create to-do lists in order to stay organized and on-task.
  5. Speak slowly and deliberately.Often your mouth says things that you don't have time to think about. Think everything through before you say it. If you have trouble stumbling over your words, applying many of the same practices that you would to stop physical clumsiness can help you speak more clearly.
    • If you are not sure what to say, pause for a moment, rather than trying to fill the silence.The silence may feel intimidating at first, but you will be able to speak more clearly if you practice.
  6. Practice being more confident and positive.A lot of times, clumsiness comes from being insecure, and caring too much about what people think of you. Confidence builds on itself. As your confidence grows, you will become less clumsy, causing your confidence to build!
    • Practice doing things outside your comfort zone. This will grow your confidence by expanding the things with which you are comfortable.

Preparing Your Body to Be Less Clumsy

  1. Improve your balance.Accidents can often be avoided if you have good balance and can catch yourself when trip, bump into something. When you used to get knocked off balance and fall down, with a little work you can improve your balance and stay on your feet.
    • Practice standing on one foot. When you are confident with what, practice moving your leg that is off the ground both in front of and behind you. This will help you improve your balance when you are knocked onto on leg for some reason. Avoiding alcoholic beverages may be in order as well when it comes to balance and other tasks, depending on your tolerance level.
    • Do biceps curls with a free weight while standing on one foot. This will help you get used to moving weight around while maintaining balance.
  2. Get your eyesight checked.Poor eyesight or vision can be a big contributor to clumsiness. If you are having trouble seeing your surroundings, it might be that you simply need corrective lens to provide some clarity.
    • If you find yourself bumping into things that you don't notice, trying paying deliberate attention for a while to reduce it. If you find it difficult to see obstacles even when you are deliberately focusing on it, you might have a problem with your eyesight.
    • Visit an ophthalmologist or optometrist to get your eyesight checked. It is not always easy to evaluate your own eyesight, because you will have become accustomed to it. A doctor will be able to test your eyesight completely and prescribe suitable lens if needed.
  3. Increase strength and flexibility.Like improving your balance, strength and flexibility can help you to be less clumsy. They can also help you recover more gracefully when you do have a clumsy moment.
    • Core strength is especially important for balance. To build core strength consider doing sit-ups, crunches, and similar exercises on a balance ball.
    • To build flexibility, stretch regularly. You can sit with your legs together, in a V shape, or with the bottoms of your feet together. Let your head hang. Do not push too far, or you might get injured. Remember to breathe while you are stretching.

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