National Awkward Moments Day | March 18
(Last Updated On: March 17, 2023)


On March 18th, we recognize National Awkward Moments Day. This is an annual day that every person can relate to. We have all had our awkward moments from time to time. They are a part of life; they just happen.


Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.

Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth, or just forgotten what you were doing?  The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. No matter the day, today, or any other day, everyone has them. 


  • Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments and have fun with them.
  • Relive old awkward moments by telling stories about them. Laugh over them and enjoy the memory.
  • Help someone else recover from an awkward moment. They may be embarrassing at first. However, the humor in these moments shows just how human we can be. 
  • Keep in mind that no one is perfect, ever.
  • Wear humility like a cloak and laugh at yourself.
  • Use #AwkwardMomentsDay to post on social media.


While it may be awkward to admit it, we have been unable to identify the origin of this awkward holiday. 

Awkward Moments FAQ

Q. What does “socially awkward” mean?
A. First, keep in mind that anyone can experience social awkwardness. Social awkwardness describes a feeling of being out of place, an inability to understand social cues or body language. Someone who is socially awkward may not even realize there is a disconnect. For some, it can lead to anxiety.

Q. How do I get over an awkward situation fast?
A. There are several ways to recover from an awkward situation fast:

  • Change the subject. This approach works well during conversations where someone misspoke, blurted out a secret, or brought up a touchy subject.
  • Make an apology. We all make mistakes. Own up to it. Whether it’s a broken glass or inadvertently bringing up someone’s ex, just apologize and move on.
  • Laugh it off. This approach works for quite a few situations, and it’s especially effective if you’re laughing at yourself and not someone else.
  • Breathe. Sometimes one awkward moment leads to another and another creating one large awkward event. So, stop for a moment and breathe. Excuse yourself if you must and recover in private. Then get back out there.

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