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10 Simple Hacks For When Your Body Is Acting Up

There are many things we have no control of, especially when it comes to how our bodies function. We can't just tell it stop sneezing or hiccuping. We can't magically stop the pain in our back or the migraine that's been ruining your day.

There's no need to wait until your body goes back to normal because there are some simple tricks that can alleviate or cure all these problems.  

Here are 10 "so easy a caveman can do it" hacks for when your body is acting up.

10. Hiccup

There are countless methods to getting rid of hiccups. Here are three tried and tested methods that have worked for many people.  

  1. Gargle with cold water or drink a glass of water very slowly.
  2. Have someone frighten you.
  3. Slightly lean forward and gently compress the chest.

9. Sneezing

To prevent a sneeze, press your tongue firmly against the back of your teeth.

If your eyes are starting to close and your sneeze has begun, look at a bright light. This can also help to make you sneeze if it won't come out, or you can go the extra step and try to pluck a nose hair.

8. Eye twitch

Apply a warm compress to your eyes and massage them very gently.

Keep in mind that eye twitches tend to be attributed to lack of sleep.

7. Lower back pain

To lesson the pain in your lower back region, try a popular yoga pose. The Child's Pose is extremely effective to relieve some of that tension. Stay in this pose for several minutes. Try wiggling your hips around while in this position to give your lower back muscles an extra stretch.

6. Upper back and neck pain

Tense your upper back muscles while raising them, then hold for a few seconds, and relax. Repeat a couple more times and you'll feel much better.

These next body hacks are lifesavers!

5. Eye strain

If you spend a lot of time on the computer, you don't want to forget this body hack.

To ease the discomfort, don't sit too close to the computer screen and make sure the screen is not on 100% brightness. Most importantly, don't forget to blink! If you can, close your eyes from time to time so they can get a rest, or look at other objects for several seconds. Some doctors refer to this as the "20-20-20 rule," in which you look away from your screen every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object.

4. Toothache

A study found that rubbing some ice between your thumb and index finger can relieve the pain by up to 50%. If your toothache feels like it's beyond control, place a bag of ice or an ice cube close to the area that is in pain.

3. Migraine

Fill a large bowl with water and ice, then place your hands in the bowl for as long as you can. Make sure your hands are completely submerged. Then, flex them to relieve your migraine.

2. Feeling nauseous

Eating mint leaves or chewing on mint-flavored gum can alleviate your nausea in just 5 minutes!

1. A sudden feeling of panic

If you're suddenly stricken by stress or anxiety, write down your feelings! Studies suggest that people who write about what they're going through during times of stress will feel better faster. To accompany this technique, you may also want to try deep, concentrated breaths. Some people also suggest that blowing on your thumb can help to calm you down.

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.