Our body is an amazingly complicated machine that can be very hard to control at times. It seems that some things just happen on their own, such as sneezing or the hiccups. Or maybe we can actually control them?
10. You don’t want to sneeze? Press the skin on the bridge of your nose with your fingers.
When you irritate the skin on the bridge of your nose, your brain receives an alarm signal and puts the brakes on other processes, including the sneezing reflex. On the contrary, if you want to sneeze and can’t do it, look at a bright light.
If our recommendations don’t work for you, then try to stay optimistic. There is a woman who got into the Guinness World Records for sneezing for 976 days in a row.
9. For better hearing, close your ears.
When you are in a club or at a concert, the music is loud, and you can’t hear your friend speaking. Push the tragus into your ear, and turn your other ear toward your friend. This life hack is regularly used by singers, though it seems that they are just fixing their earphone.
8. Suck your thumb if something worries you.
This reaction can be explained by the vagus nerve stimulation, which makes your heart beat slower and decreases blood pressure.
If a worrying situation finds you when you’re in a public place, just press your fingers into a fist with your thumb up, and simply blow at it.
7. To get rid of the hiccups, press an ice cube to your tongue.
Everyone has their own recipe against the hiccups: pull the tip of your tongue, press ice to your tongue, or swallow a sugar cube. Try to close your ears with your palms and drink a glass of water through a straw in one breath. Or bend over a sink and drink water right out of the glass.
If your hiccups still don’t pass, then you might end up like this man. He had hiccups for 68 years but still managed to marry and have 8 children.
6. If you have a cramp in the right side of your body while running, exhale when you step on your left foot.
The same rule applies when your left side is hurt — just exhale when you step on your right foot. And massage your hurt side slightly.
When you run, blood flows to the working muscles. Without a proper warm-up, blood does not spread evenly and, thus, overflows the liver and the spleen. These organs then start pressing on the diaphragm.
5. Hold your breath if you want to wake up faster.
When you do this, your heart rhythm speeds up, and your body sends a command to turn on an active regime.
But don’t overuse it. Abrupt wakening is a serious stress on your heart. For example, men are not recommended to do physical training 2 hours before going to sleep.
4. You’re moody? Gnaw on a pencil.
The secret is simple. When you hold a pencil in your teeth, the muscles that are involved in making a smile get to work. The relevant impulses are sent to your brain via nerves, and it starts producing endorphins. Eventually, you will smile in a normal fashion.
3. Activate your supermemory with a sprig of rosemary.
If you need to learn something by heart, the best way to do it is by using the hidden potential of your memory. Learn it by night, lying in bed and smelling rosemary. This simple trick will help you to memorize the necessary information faster and with better results.
2. When your leg falls asleep, shake your head.
Do you remember that unpleasant feeling when your leg or arm falls asleep? Those terrible pins and needles! But all you can do is just wait until it passes. Next time, try to shake your head during those unpleasant moments. Your muscles will relax, and the “pins and needles” sensation will pass within a minute.
1. Pinch your nose if you want to deceive a polygraph.
If you are nervous and your heart is beating way too quickly, pinch the tip of your nose, and close it with your fingers. Then close your ears and exhale sharply. You will feel that the pressure inside your ears has changed.
Bonus: How to deceive your brain and see the world around you as if you entered a parallel universe