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15 Interesting Body Hacks You Should Know For Easier Life

15 Interesting Body Hacks You Should Know For Easier Life

There are some things that annoy us all, such as a blocked nose, an itchy throat, and needing to pee when we can’t get to a bathroom. Most of us put up with these problems, but we don’t have to! Here are 12 amazing and useful body hacks from I Love Positive World.

#1
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    You can lower your heart rate by putting your thumb in your mouth and blowing hard. As your thumb is sealed in your mouth, this creates elevated intra-abdomnial and intrathoracic pressure inside your body. This stimulates the vagus nerve, slowing down your heart rate.

    #2
    sleep

      Recent research has found that people remember more if they learn or revise before going to sleep. Scientists aren’t sure why yet, but they believe it could be because the brain relies on sleep to form new connections.

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      #3
      ear

        We have known for a long time that different sides of the brain register sound differently, and recent research has found that this applies to our ears too. This body hack is especially useful for interviews and musicians!

        #4
        calmdown

          If you are stressed, angry or upset, writing your feelings down will help you to confront your emotions and sort through them. This will help you to calm down and de-stress.

          #5
          laugh

            If you’re the kind of person who finds themselves laughing in awkward situations, try pinching yourself. This will distract you from the awkwardness (or hilarity) and you will stop laughing. Simple!

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            #6
            onions

              Onions are an excellent decongestant so they can help you to get rid of a blocked nose. Simply cut an onion in half and sleep with it next to your bed to wake up with a clear nose. You can also rub the juice on your nostrils for a quick fix!

              #7
              sex

                If you’re in public and you need to pee, think about sex. According to Larry Lipshultz, chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, this will distract your brain so that you don’t notice your bladder.

                #8
                ticklethroat

                  You can quickly deal with an itchy throat by scratching the back of your ear, as it will stimulate nerves that can cause a muscle spasm in you throat.

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                  #9
                  gag

                    Scientists aren’t sure why this trick works, but they think that it is either because it provides a distraction, or because it affects the nerves in your hand.

                    #10
                    marshmallows

                      Marshmallows are delicious, and they can also ease sore throat pain. This is because the gelatin in marshmallows coats and soothes your throat.

                      #11
                      eye

                        Lots of people hate the idea of crying around other people, and with this body hack you won’t have to. Simply open your eyes wide when you feel tears coming on as this will distract you, and it could help to cut off the tear flow.

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                        #12
                        brain

                          Scientists believe this works as it helps to warm up the temperature of your mouth, making the brain freeze pass quickly.

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                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                          No!

                          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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