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5 Crazy Body Hacks That Can be Done in Seconds

5 Crazy Body Hacks That Can be Done in Seconds

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:

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  • 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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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