You have a super important meeting in an hour, but you also have a splitting headache. You’re sitting in the dentist’s chair and your stomach suddenly decides to rebel. These kinds of problems can seriously spoil your daily life, especially if you don’t have any medicine on hand. Luckily, there are lots of useful tricks that can help you cope with them and quickly get your body under control.
I put together 12 helpful hacks that can have a surprising effect on your body.
The information presented in this article is for informative purposes only. Please, consult a specialist before trying any of these tricks.
12. Treat a headache by massaging your big toe.
Why it works: There are head reflex areas on the top, on the sides, and on the base of your big toes. If you massage these areas, you might relieve tension in your head and neck.
11. Calm your nerves by blowing on your thumb.
Why it works: When you try to exhale through a nearly blocked airway, your intrapleural pressure gets increased. This stimulates your vagus nerve that controls your heart rate. There’s one more reason why this trick might work on you – your thumbs have their own pulse, so when you blow on them, it affects your overall pulse as well.
10. Boost your mood by holding a pencil between your teeth.
Why it works: Keeping a pencil in your mouth will help you activate your smile muscles, which can deceive your brain and raise your spirits.