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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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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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