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15 Simple Ways To Stop Hiccups Quickly

15 Simple Ways To Stop Hiccups Quickly

One of life’s most annoying small scale problems is the hiccup. Uncomfortable and sometimes even a tad painful, this physical abnormality is something that none of us enjoy having to deal with. If you’re suffering from hiccups and just can’t stand them anymore, try some of these simple remedies to get rid of them.

Hiccups are generally caused by diaphragm spasms. As such, the ways in which to stop them generally involve stimulating the vagus muscles or constricting your diaphragm muscles. Here are some of the best ways to do that:

1. Stick out your tongue

This is maybe the only time it won’t be considered rude.

2. Massage the roof of your mouth

This should be done very carefully with a cotton swab. If you have a steady hand and a decent gag reflex you can also try massaging the back of your throat and stimulating your uvula (the cone shaped tissue that hangs there).

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3. Eat a spoon of peanut butter

Any excuse for a delicious snack, right? Sticky foods are perfect for stimulating the vagus muscle.

4. Eat A spoonful of sugar

Sugar helps the medicine go down as well as make those pesky hiccups disappear. I swear it’s not just an excuse for me to mainline sweets

5. Hear no evil

Surprisingly, branches of the vagus muscle reach all the way into your auditory system. As such, it can be stimulated by sticking your fingers into your ears. Just be careful not to push too far or hard.

6. Drink or gargle some water

Having a big old glass of water can interrupt the nerves and thus end your hiccuping.

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7. Hold your breath

Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as possible. Don’t forget to hold your nose!

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    8. Scare yourself

    It may sound like a myth, but being frightened can actually overwhelm the nerve and cure your hiccups. Just don’t go walking down any dark alleys or into abandoned buildings.

    9. Breathe into a paper bag

    Yep, just like on an plane. The theory behind this is that the increase of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream distracts your body from the hiccups because it will be too focused on getting rid of it.

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    10. Use an antacid

    Antacids, particularly ones that are high in magnesium, help to contain hiccups because they calm the nerves and decrease irritation.

    11. Cough, burp and sneeze

    If you can manage to do any of these things, they can help alleviate your hiccups. The belief is that these actions cause your diaphragm to constrict and thus stop them in their tracks.

    There are also some preventative measures that you can take to avoid.

    12. Don’t stuff yourself full

    I’m sorry to say it, but pigging out has been known to cause hiccups. One theory is that it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down so your digestive system has a chance to play catch up.

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    13. Slow down

    Similar to the above, eating too fast can also cause those pesky hiccups. This is because air can get trapped between pieces of food and thus irritate your vagus nerve. Chew deliberately and slowly, people.

    14. Don’t Eat spicy food

    I know, this one upsets me too. Even worse, there are two reasons why it can cause hiccups. Firstly, because some types of spices can irritate your oesophagus and stomach lining. Secondly, spicy food can cause extra stomach acid which can then leak into the oesophagus. Personally, I’ll take my chances.

    15. Don’t Drink alcohol

    I swear, I’m not trying to ruin all of your fun. Unfortunately, excessive drinking can cause hiccups for the same reasons as above. Furthermore, drinking to excess over a long period of time can permanently damage your food pipe lining.

    Featured photo credit: Tim Pierce via flickr.com

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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.

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