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15 Natural Ways To Relieve Stomach Pain

15 Natural Ways To Relieve Stomach Pain

An upset stomach is no fun to deal with, but that doesn’t mean you have to go straight to a pill bottle for relief. Here are 20 natural ways to relieve stomach pain (no undesirable side-effects included!).  

1. Ginger

Peel and grate some fresh ginger from your supermarket and mix it in with some squeezed lime juice and a tablespoon of honey for a tasty treat that will offer relief. There are also many ginger teas available if you prefer an easier fix that doesn’t require much preparation.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. If the flavor is too much, add a tablespoon of honey (is it me or does honey make everything better?).

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3. Bananas

This wonder fruit contains the polysaccharide pectin which helps produce natural (less runny) bowel movements.

4. Peppermint

According to a study by the University of Maryland, peppermint can offer relief from practically any stomach ailment you can think of. For example, peppermint helps indigestion by calming stomach muscles so your food can digest with better ease.

5. Chamomile

Did you eat something that didn’t agree with your stomach? Drink a cup of chamomile tea and enjoy its anti-inflammatory properties that should help you feel better.

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6. White Rice

Starchy foods like rice will coat the lining of your stomach, digest with relative ease, and offer you some relief.

7. Burnt Toast

If you wake up with an achy stomach, go ahead and fix your morning toast but burn it on purpose. The char (burnt portion) will absorb the toxins that are causing your problem. If the taste makes you say “eww,” just add a dab of jelly or honey and you won’t even notice.

8. Yogurt

If you’re lactose intolerant, please disregard this point. Otherwise, eat a bowl of yogurt for its probiotic qualities. Probiotics are live bacteria that will ease your discomfort and boost your immunity from sickness.

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9. Baking Soda

Pour a spoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Expect a burp to escape your lips, which will hopefully relieve any stomach pressure. This mixture provides an effect similar to antacids but without any unwanted side-effects. Squeeze in a bit of lemon for taste if you desire.

10. Cayenne

You might be surprised I would suggest eating a hot pepper to help with stomach pain but according to a study at NYU, cayenne can offer relief from stomach pain, bloating, and nausea.

11. Applesauce

Applesauce offers a high dose of fiber which will get the problem food moving through your digestive tract. If diarrhea is what ails you, natural applesauce just might be your best bet.

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12. Heat

Get a bottle of hot water or heated pad and apply it to your abdomen. This will increase circulation and blood flow in your belly (plus the warmth will be a comforting distraction from that pain). 

13. Water

If your stomachache is a symptom of that crazy night at the bar, a lot of your problem is due to how dehydrated you must be, so you gotta drink up (even if that’s the last thing you want to do). Stay away from caffeinated beverages which will just add to your problem.

14. Soup

The liquid in a hot bowl of soup will help you stay hydrated and is easily digested. Go ahead and add some crackers since they will go down easily and give you some much-needed energy.

15. Be Mindful

Becoming a mindful eater will help you create a happier future with food free from the stomach pain that ails you. Stomach pains are typically a result of eating too much, eating too fast, or eating the wrong things. If your stomach is upset regularly, start a food diary. Write down the foods you consume and how they make you feel (i.e. happy/energetic/fulfilled/nourished or sad/tired/unfulfilled/deprived). The problem foods should become clear in a hurry, so go ahead and replace them with better options that make you (and your stomach) happy. If you’d like to improve your relationship with food today, check out this list of over 100 quick-and-easy healthy foods.

Are you aware of any other neat home remedies that relieve stomach pain? If so, comment below.

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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