10 Working Body Hacks to simplify your life
Unable to stop the incessant yawning in the office meeting? Is an itchy throat bothering you? In this article, we present some cool body hacks and tricks that you can use in your daily life for pains, moods, irritations and more!
The human body is an amazing creation hosting numerous physical and mental processes that function without us even realizing. What’s even more amazing is that we have the ability to “hack” into and manipulate some of these processes to make our bodies dance to our tunes. For example, drowsiness and yawning are both involuntary, but you can influence your body to stop them with simple, harmless tricks. Similarly, you can address some common pains with simple body hacks that’ll provide you temporary relief from them. In the following section, we look at some of these simple and easy-to-use body hacks and tricks that we can use in our daily lives.
10 Cool Body Hacks & Tricks:
1. Pencil to uplift your mood
Feeling sad? Bad mood? All you need to do is trick your brain into feeling happy. An easy way to do this is to put a pencil or pen in your mouth and hold it between your teeth. This activates the same muscles that are used to smile, which in turn releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, thereby enhancing your mood and tricking your brain into feeling happy.
2. Drive sleep away by holding your breath
When we feel sleepy at work, our natural tendency is to grab a cup of coffee and drive our drowsiness away. While caffeine does work, drinking too much coffee can result in problems such as insomnia. A simple natural hack is to just hold your breath for as long as you can and then breathing out slowly. This increases your heart rate and blood flow, thereby increasing your energy levels and waking you up.
3. Ice for toothache relief?
A toothache can be a very painful experience, especially if the pain starts at odd hours such as in the middle of the night. Biting a clove is one method for temporary pain relief. However, a Canadian study has found another natural pain-relieving method using ice. Rub some ice on the V-shaped area between your thumb and index finger on the side of the toothache. The numbness temporarily reduces the pain intensity by 50% according to the study.
4. From Yawn to No Yawn
Yawning is an involuntary activity that, at the wrong time, can cause quite a bit of embarrassment. Here’s a hack to stop it right in its tracks. When your mouth opens to yawn, immediately touch the tip of your tongue with your finger. Your yawn will stop right there, saving you the blushes.
5. Cough your pain away during injections
Does the sight of the needle in the doctor’s hand frighten you? Well, you are not the only one! Doctors have tried many tactics to distract patients while giving an injection such as cartoons, jokes and hypnosis. But according to research, there’s one very simple hack to reduce the pain of injections. All you need to do is cough when the needle touches your skin. The coughing increases the pressure in your chest and spinal canal, which inhibits pain receptors briefly, leading to pain-free injections.
6. Brain freeze? Now no freeze
Brain freeze (also known as ice-cream headache) is a common phenomenon while eating cold foods such as ice-cream. In this, the nerves in the roof of the mouth get very cold and the resulting nerve response causes rapid constriction and swelling of blood vessels, resulting in a temporary headache. To avoid or relieve brain freeze, a very simple hack is to press the tongue against the roof of the mouth, trying to cover as much surface area as possible. This warms up the roof of the mouth and relieves the pain.
7. Ear scratching for itchy throat
When we feel an itch, our immediate instinct is to scratch it. But if the itch is in your throat, that’s not an option unless you want to try reaching your hand down your throat, which is really not advisable. Here’s a simple hack instead- just scratch the back of your ear. By doing so, you stimulate the nerves of your ear, which creates a reflex that causes the muscles in your throat to spasm, thereby relieving the pain and curing the itch.
8. Relieve side pain while running
Decided to shrug off some extra weight by running? Chances are after running a bit, you experienced intense pain under your ribcage or what is called a “side stitch”. More common in beginners than professional runners, one of the common reasons for this is that people tend to exhale when their right foot hits the ground, which in turn puts stress on the liver (located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen). That’s why most cramps are felt on the right side. The solution- just exhale when your left foot hits the ground and relieve the pressure on your lever!
9. Clear blocked nose with tongue and thumb
A blocked nose or sinus can be pretty discomforting, especially if it occurs frequently. A lot of people tend to reach out for pills for relief but here’s a simple technique you can try instead. Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and press a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold it this way for about 15-20 seconds and repeat till you feel your sinus passages clearing. When you use this technique, it causes the vomer bone to rock, which loosens the congestion and clears your sinuses.
10. Tongue to the rescue again- this time for sneezing
Want to avoid sneezing at the wrong time? Just press your tongue firmly against the back of your teeth with your mouth closed. This will help prevent the sneeze. However, if there’s irritation in your nose, sneezing is probably a good idea because it forces the particles causing irritation out. While on the subject of sneezing, here’s another useful tip if you feel a sneeze but it doesn’t initiate- just stare towards bright light. That should get the job done!