The human body never ceases to amaze us. Even with the abundance of discoveries and information we already have on this subject, we are still constantly perplexed by something surprising that we didn't even know our bodies were capable of doing. For example, life-and-death experiences can trigger superhuman strength (also known as hysterical strength) in some individuals, most famously in an incident where a mother lifted an actual car to save her child.
Even though each component of our anatomy is responsible for different things, we often forget that they are all interconnected and can influence each other significantly. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you in everyday situations simply by manipulating a part of your body:
1. Sleep On Your Left Side To Relieve Heartburn
If you constantly suffer from heartburn, then you've probably tried a number of different medications and home remedies to alleviate the pain. Some sources will recommend that you prop yourself up on a couple of pillows when you sleep, but if that hasn't done the trick for you, then try sleeping on your left side to relieve the symptoms.
2. Look More Confident To Feel More Confident
Confidence emanates from within. If you want to gain confidence, you must first look the part. The next time you find yourself in an anxiety-inducing or nerve-racking situation, try squaring your shoulders and standing with your legs apart to exude a strong, confident demeanor. You will feel as determined as you look!
3. Distractions Make Needles Less Painful
As with many things in life, the fear and anticipation of a dreaded experience are sometimes more torturous than the actual experience itself. There is no shortage of people who are deathly afraid of needles, but getting a shot or donating blood doesn't have to be a terrifying, painful event. A simple distraction can actually reduce the pain of a shot at the doctor's office. The next time your doctor is about to stick the needle into your arm, let out a small cough at the same time. You'll be surprised at the difference this can make. Just be sure to warn your nurse/doctor ahead of time that you'll be doing this!
4. Use Ice To Assuage A Toothache
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According to Reader's Digest, the pain from a toothache can be numbed by placing a wrapped ice cube on the affected tooth or over the cheek for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, some people recommend soothing an aching tooth by massaging the area between your thumb and forefinger with an ice cube; the idea is that the pain signals from a toothache could be superseded by the "cold" signals from the hand.
5. Relieve An Itchy Throat By Scratching Your Ear
Itchy throats are one of the most frustrating things to deal with. Scratching the outside of your throat does nothing to help, and you can't very well scratch the inside of your throat! A neat trick recommended by Dr. Scott Schaffer, the president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in New Jersey, is to scratch your ear to relieve the itch in your throat. "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," he explains. "This spasm relieves the tickle."
6. Take Quick, Consecutive Breaths Before Going Underwater
Rather than taking in one, big gulp of air before going underwater, it may be more effective to take rapid, consecutive breaths instead. This will push out more carbon dioxide, so your body does not feel the need to take a breath as quickly.
7. Drink Water To Keep Your Stress In Check
We shouldn't have to tell you the benefits of drinking plenty of water, but just in case you still need convincing, here's another great reason: dehydration can heighten your stress levels through the stress hormone called cortisol. By drinking water and keeping hydrated, you can keep your stress under control.
8. Blow On Your Thumb To Calm Your Heart Rate
This tactic may sound odd, but some people swear by it. If your heart is beating a little faster than you'd like, you can try calming it down by sticking your thumb in your mouth and blowing on it. This is supposed to stimulate your vagus nerve, which influences your heart and digestive tract.
9. Stop A Brain Freeze With Your Tongue
If you like to inhale your cold drinks and desserts like they're going out of style, then you've probably experienced your fair share of brain freezes. Granted, the frosty deliciousness is usually worth it, but what if there was a way to have your (ice-cream) cake and eat it too? The next time you experience a brain freeze, try firmly pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
10. Studying For An Exam? Sleep On It
We all know the cognitive benefits of getting sufficient sleep. Not only does sleep help you retain critical information and to better retrieve said information later on, but sleeping immediately after a study session can help with the memory of that material as well. Unfortunately, this doesn't work if you're cramming too much information into your brain all at once, so make sure that you study in a timely manner!
11. Wear Socks For A Better Sleep
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try donning a pair of socks to warm your feet. Keeping your extremities nice and toasty with socks or the duvet will help to open up your blood vessels and activate your sleep hormones.
12. Make Your Words Stick By Talking Into People's Right Ear
We all know that our brains have two hemispheres and that they are cross-wired. That is to say, the right sides of our bodies are dominated by the left hemisphere, and vice versa. Each hemisphere controls specific qualities and attributes, and the left side of the brain controls requests. That's why you will find it easier to get your point across if you speak into the recipient's right ear.
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