Bodies are weird, to say the least! When one joint starts aching, another lasting medical problem is suddenly resolved, and vice versa. Now when you feel the onset of a sore throat, get a stuffy nose or encounter any of these daily issues, give these helpful hacks a shot.
By applying pressure to certain places, keeping the mind distracted and employing a number of other useful tactics, your body can overcome even the most frustrating illnesses, worries and pains.
8- Soothe A Scratchy Throat
Hot tea is nice, and a salt water gargle can provide temporary relief – but when we have a tickle in our throat, there’s nothing that seems to really quiet the urge to itch. Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center, told Men’s Health the secret behind lasting throat relief. Doctor Schaffer says all you have to do is scratch your ear! He explained, “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm. This spasm relieves the tickle.” Everyone in your home will thank you this upcoming cold and flu season!
7- “Cool” Your Nerves
When the world has you stressed and you don’t know how to relax, splash a little cold water on your face! The combination of holding your breath and feeling the ice-cold water on your skin tricks your brain into employing the “mammalian diving reflex.” This reflex forces your body to use oxygen more efficiently, which in turn, calms you down. WebMD states that the history behind water and stress relief is long and well-documented – they explain that even simply drinking a cold glass of water can help you “chill out.” That means you don’t have to ruin your mascara to give this hack a chance!
6- Be Brave While Giving Blood
If the idea of a needle prick gives you the “heebie-jeebies,” try distracting yourself! When the nurse is just about to insert the needle, let out a tiny cough. This will keep your mind off of the procedure and any pain that the needle may cause! But be sure to warn your nurse of your plan – you don’t want an unexpected cough to complicate things even further!
5- Drain Even The Most Stuffy Of Noses
When sinus pressure has you down, alternate pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and one finger against each of your eyebrows. This force against your vomer bone with cause it rock back and forth, and will loosen any mucus. You’ll be able to enjoy a deep breath after about 20 seconds! Phlegm is a now thing of the past.
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