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How to Stop the Annoying Hiccups in 30 Seconds or Less

How to Stop the Annoying Hiccups in 30 Seconds or Less

Hiccups are sudden, rhythmic, involuntary movement of the diaphragm which may last from a few minutes to hours. Hiccups are rarely serious and have no clear reason for occurring. They result when the vagus nerve, or one of its branches, which runs from the brain to the abdomen, is irritated. Hiccups usually resolve themselves in a short period of time, but imagine being in a meeting or a class and, out of nowhere, you start hiccuping. You need them to subside as soon as possible. Here are some of the tried and tested methods to stop the annoying hiccups in 30 seconds or less.

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    1. Hold your breath and put your fingers in your ears. Branches of the vagus nerve also reach into the auditory system, and by creating pressure in the nerve endings there, the vagus nerve goes into action and hiccups may stop immediately. Be careful not to stick your fingers far too inside your ears.

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      2. Get your friend to surprise you, tickle you, shock you, or make you angry or frightened all of a sudden. The key point here is that you shouldn’t be aware of this. Doing this will distract you and overwhelm your vagus nerve and the hiccups will stop. Yay!

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        3. Gulping down a glass of water quickly is an age old remedy for hiccups. This interrupts the hiccup cycle and resets the vagus nerve. It seems to work best for children; adults might have to drink a few more glasses to do the trick. Gargling with plain water has also been known to help.

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          4. Sit on a chair. Close your ears with your hands and, keeping your lips tightly sealed, make a humming sound. While you do this, bend your upper body towards your knees as much as possible, stay in that position (while still humming) and return to your original seating position when you feel like catching your breath. Do this a few times to stop the hiccups.

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            5. Keep a spoonful of sugar or salt under your tongue and allow it to dissolve completely. This is usually enough to stimulate the vagus nerve and stop the hiccups. You may use water to help dissolve the sugar.

             

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              6. Drink one teaspoon of lemon juice (either freshly squeezed or packaged), or a teaspoon of vinegar. This will stimulate the nasopharynx (connects the back of the nose to the back of the mouth), which in turn interrupts the vagus nerve impulse pattern, which should stop your hiccups. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after, since lemon is acidic and is harmful for your teeth in the long run.

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                7. A little peanut butter also helps in stopping the hiccups. Its texture (sweetness and stickiness) helps to relax the breathing rhythm, just like salt and sugar.

                 

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                  8. Hiccups are a result of decreased carbon dioxide in the blood stream. Breathe into a paper bag for a few minutes. The carbon dioxide that you exhale gets trapped in the bag, which you inhale again. This increases the levels of carbon dioxide in your body and, thus, stops the hiccups.

                   

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                    9. You can try acupuncture therapy yourself. Apply pressure in the hollow between the end of the clavicle and the ball of the shoulder joint on your left shoulder. This will get your diaphragm to relax and stop the hiccups.

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                      10. If none of the above works, try taking a homeopathic medicine, called cuprum metallicum, which helps to relieve sudden spasms and hiccups. Refer to a doctor before using.

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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