Our bodies are complex organisms but these simple tricks will help overcome some of your basic everyday problems.
If you have a toothache, rub some ice on the webbed area between your thumb and index finger. By numbing your hand, the intensity of your pain will be reduced.
If you're stressing too much over an important test or exam, take a pen and paper and write down your feelings. A scientific study suggests those who jot down their emotions before an exam get higher scores.
If you have broken a blister and you don’t have any antiseptic around, you can use a few drops of Listerine. This mouthwash also has strong antiseptic effects.
When trying to listen to someone in a noisy situation, give them your right ear. Apparently your right ear picks up words better while your left ear is better at picking up sounds and music. Remember this the next time you go to a noisy club and that hot individual stops by to give you his/her number.
Speaking of clubs… If you get drunk and start to feel dizzy, put your hands on something hard and stable. Putting your hand on a stable object will help you feel more balanced.
If that gut wrenching dizziness persist even after you throw yourself on your bed, put one of your legs on the ground. It will make your body feel more stable and reduces that unpleasant dizzy feeling.
If you're nervous before an important interview, take a “high power” position for a few minutes. It will boost your testosterone level and improve your self-confidence.
As bizarre as this may sound, it’s been proven that those who cannot handle being vaccinated should cough during the act. Studies have shown that a sudden cough reduces the pain a person feels during a shot.
Have you ever tripped over a doorstep or banged your pinkie toe on a coffee table? If so, don’t be afraid to swear like a sailor. Research shows that cursing helps to reduce pain.
If you go to sleep after a big hearty meal, be sure to lie on your left side. Sleeping on your right side places your stomach in a higher position than your esophagus, enabling food and stomach acid to go to your throat.
Don’t underestimate the importance of drinking water. A glass of water after waking up helps activate your internal organs, drinking before a meal improves your digestion and drinking before bed reduces the danger of a heart attack.
If you are in a bad mood, put a pencil in your mouth. It will activate the muscles you use when smiling, which will trick your brain into boosting your mood.
Everyone's familiar with the desperation of urgently needing to pee when there’s no bathroom in sight. To suppress this urge, simply think about sex.
If you suffer from a nose bleed, put cotton on your upper gums right behind the small dent below your nose and press against it hard. Most of the blood comes from the cartilage wall that divides the nose, so pressing it helps to stop the bleeding.
If you want to hold your breath underwater for a longer period of time, take a series of short breaths instead of one huge inhalation. This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen and buys you some extra seconds.
There are dozens of “guaranteed” remedies for hiccups. Nevertheless, studies suggest that increasing the level of CO2 in your bloodstream is the key. Therefore, breathing into a plastic bag for about 30 seconds is an almost sure way of annihilating those annoying hiccups.
If you suffer from motion sickness or nausea, try pressing and holding the spot between the two tendons on the inside of your wrist
To get rid of a sore throat, prepare a mixture of ¼ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon a few times a day. It may not be the most delicious remedy but it will kill the bacteria and help to heal your throat.
If you have an urgent need to gag, grip your thumb as firmly as you can inside your fist. This should help you suppress the gag reflex.
Next time someone tells you playing video games is a waste of time, don’t believe them! Research shows that video games improve reflexes, memory, reasoning, problem solving, hand-eye coordination, field of vision, spatial resolution, fine motor skills, pain tolerance, and so much more. Sorry anti-video game groups, looks like your princess is in another castle.
If you want to suppress crying in public (which can be very embarrassing), hold your eyes wide open without blinking. This will prevent the tears from forming.
Uncontrollable laughter – which is the opposite of the previous problem but can be JUST AS embarrassing – might be suppressed by thinking about something sad. If this doesn’t work, try to cause a little physical pain to yourself such as pinching yourself or biting your tongue.
For temporary vision improvement, curl your hand into a fist and look through the tiny hole as you would a telescope. This trick allows for a narrow beam of light to reach the retina and increases depth of field and focus.
If you suffer from the feared “side stitch” when you run, you probably tend to exhale when your right foot hits the ground, which puts pressure on your liver. To avoid that, switch things up and exhale when your left foot hits the ground instead.