It is naive to think that we have full control over our bodies. More often, we are controlled by our body’s responses and cannot control most physical processes.

This can make you feel uncomfortable: you need to urinate when there is no bathroom nearby, you may feel sleepy when preparing for an exam, or you may not clear your throat during an important performance.

These situations are not fatal, but they are very unpleasant. Fortunately, you can change a lot if you find the right approach for your own body. We made a list of hacks that might help you trick your body and make your life more comfortable.

7. Blow On Your Finger To Slow Down Your Heart Rate

7 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control

An increase in heart rate is often the result of stress. You are probably worried before an important date or presentation, receiving test results, or making a mistake on the job.

Fortunately, there is a very simple way to calm down: you just need to blow your thumb. This part of your body has its own pulse. If you get cold, your pulse will slow down and you will calm down.

Another tried and tested method is to put your thumb in your mouth and blow. In this way, it stimulates the vagus nerve, lowers the heart rate and feels much calmer and relieved.

6. Shift Your Body Weight To The Side To Relieve Pain On One Side

Many people are familiar with the sudden and unexpected pain on one side that usually appears during the jogging. You may have to slow down or even stop jogging.

The most common reason for this is insufficient heating. Blood flow increases significantly when you run, but blood does not have enough time to redistribute properly and accumulates in the liver and spleen. These organs have a thin covering and press when there is a lot of blood in them. This is how pain occurs.

Athletes know a proven method of dealing with this problem: You should slow down your running speed and move the weight away from your body where the pain is coming from. You need to do this while exhaling. After several repetitions, the pain disappears.

5. A Quick Warm-up Of The Neck Will Relieve Numbness In The Hands

Almost everyone experiences unpleasant numbness and tingling in their fingers sometimes. These feelings can be caused by an uncomfortable position during sleep, work, or in times of work overload.

When you feel something like this, it usually warms your hand by twisting it or moving your fingers or wrists. These exercises are quite effective, but there is a better and more effective way to get rid of annoying numbness: just turn your head.

Our limbs get numb due to the squeezing of the nerves that go through the neck. Turning your head will warm your muscles and relieve pressure.

This would save you from unpleasant sensations in your hands. This method is generally more convenient in many situations, especially if you are driving.

4. An Ear Massage Will Reduce Discomfort In Your Throat

7 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control

Sometimes the tingling and discomfort in the throat can come out of nowhere and it is difficult to relieve it immediately. A glass of water and a cough doesn’t always help.

To alleviate this throat discomfort, gently massage your ear (preferably from the inside). The unpleasant tingling usually appears due to muscle spasms. When you massage the ear muscles, it stimulates the nerves and helps the throat muscles relax and eliminate spasm.

You may have noticed that there is a connection between these organs: any manipulation in the ear affects the throat and some people even cough when they clean their ears.

This results from a special sensitivity of the vagus nerve connected to the auricular branch of the nerves.

3. Coughing Alleviates The Pain From A Shot

You can’t completely get rid of all the unpleasant feelings from the shot, but you can significantly alleviate them with a simple trick.

If you start coughing as soon as you get the vaccine, you will ease the pain. A British magazine of plastic surgery first published information on this trick. Doctors say this is due to the fact that the person’s attention shifts to more than just the rise in arterial pressure.

It turns out that this simple method is more effective than listening to music, watching a movie, speaking, or other methods of distracting the patient before giving a shot.

2. Massaging The Area Between The Eyebrows Relieves A Stuffy Nose

7 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control

Drops, diffusers, and other types of medicine handle the stuffy nose perfectly. What to do when you don’t have any of this, the pharmacy is closed and your stuffy nose won’t let you breathe?

You can relieve your condition without additional medications, just a massage. To get rid of a stuffy nose, press your fingers against the area between your eyebrows and press your tongue against your palate. 20 seconds would be enough to feel the effect. You can repeat this trick several times, if necessary.

Keeping the tongue in this position, move a bone that connects the nasal passages to the mouth. Therefore, it creates a type of drainage that relieves the blockage.

1. To Cool Down, Press Something Cold Against Any Pulse Point On Your Body

7 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control

During the summer, athletes suffer more, especially if they don’t want to leave their training sessions due to the heat. There is a simple way to lower your body temperature: press something cold anywhere on your body.

There are several pulse points: the temples, the wrists, and the knees. During exercise, you can wear wet wristbands and headbands – they will protect your body from overheating.

When you are in a congested room, press something cold on any part of the body where the veins are close to the skin.

Although our body is a complex system, we can still control it. Have you tried any of these suggestions?