Tricks To Help You Relieve Yourself of Your Bathroom ‘Stage Fright’

Lifehacker: If you have a tough time taking care of your business in a public restroom, you’re not alone. According to the International Paruresis Association, an estimated twenty-one million Americans suffer from paruresis, or what is colloquially known as “shy bladder syndrome.”

So things to try:

  1. Hold Your Breath
  2. Do math in your head
  3. Focus on the wall in front of you


Two men standing at urinal, rear view (digital composite)

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