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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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