Body hacks are things you can do with your body to improve any aspect of your life, whether that is instant relief from eye strain, pain relief, or just health improvements.
Most people aren’t even aware of these tricks despite how simple they are.
1. Eye Strain Relief
Eye strain affects many of us, simply because we spend large amounts of time in front of the computer. Having eye strain will hinder your ability to think, so it’s important to find a way to relieve it.
One such technique is the Tense and Release technique, which is surprisingly effective. To do this technique:
- Squeeze every muscle around your eyes as tight as possible.
- Hold the position for about 10 seconds
- Then release all the tension and let your eyes relax
- Rinse and repeat
Try it right now if your eyes are strained.
2. Kill Pain With Massage Therapy
Most people don’t believe in the effectiveness of massage therapy, but research shows that it has many benefits. There is a lot to learn regarding massage therapy from relaxation to sports to rehab, so if massage is your passion, then you’ll need to invest some money in courses and training. Luckily, nowadays the training equipment has become a lot more affordable, but courses can still expensive.
Here’s a simple, but effective massage technique you can do to relieve pain. This is more of an ancient oriental technique, but is backed up by scientific research:
- Locate the webbing of your hand, between the thumb and index finger
- Apply ice to that location
- Now, with the remaining there, gently massage that location
So basically ice + massage to that specific point will significantly reduce most your pains. It might seem like it only works on minor pains, but the study shows it’s effective even for childbirth, as the patient’s pain rating went from ‘distressing’ to ‘discomfort.’
3. Experiencing ‘Pins and Needles’ or Numbness
The sensation known as ‘pins and needles’ or ‘paraesthesia’ is mostly caused by prolonged pressure to one area of the body. The most common places it occurs are your hands and feet. Perhaps you were sitting or lying on an awkward position and your hands are tingling.
If that’s the case, then you can get rid of it by loosening your neck and moving your head from side to side. The sensation happens, because the nerves in your neck are compressing, so that’s why we counteract it. Keep in mind, this trick on works for your arms and not your legs.
4. Become Resistant to Diseases
In what ways can you improve your body’s immune system? Perhaps by having a healthy diet? Or exercising frequently? Both are great options, but they wouldn’t count as a ‘hack.’
Did you know that you can improve your immune system just by looking at pictures? They can’t be any pictures though, they have to be very specific ones. The pictures need to be related to disease or sick people. Staring at these types of pictures has been shown to boost your body’s immunity.
The researchers found that by showing pictures related to disease, the participant’s IL6 levels increased by 23%. IL6 or interleukin-6 is a substance which comes from white blood cells and it helps fights burns and infections.
This makes sense from an evolutionary stand point. If you see your family or friends get sick, your body will naturally raise it’s defenses so the disease doesn’t spread.
5. Minimize Acne
Whilst there is no true hack for treating acne, I think this is an important point to raise. Book an appointment with a dermatologist. Only 10% of people seek help from a dermatologist whilst the rest do nothing, or they try to treat it themselves.
By seeing a dermatologist, the length of your acne and severity of it can be reduced by over 80%. Those who end up going will have a much larger chance of reducing the amount of acne and the chance of scarring than those who don’t go.
Don’t try something you found on the internet. Acne is very complex and every person will react differently to a specific product. The best hack for acne is to just see a dermatologist, rather than figuring out things ourselves as most of us do (if you do both, that’s great).
Overall I hope you put these hacks to good use. Some everyday scenarios where these might be helpful are: toothaches – use the ice massage method whilst waiting for your dentist appointment (it’s more effective than you might think). If there’s a disease going around, try looking at photos of sick people so you don’t catch it as well. The others are quite self-explanatory.