Have you ever been standing in front of an audience and you’re so nervous you just know you’re going to cry? Are you getting ready to lead a presentation and you suddenly have the hiccups? Do you need to look like you are paying attention but you really need to yawn? These classic examples happen to everyone, but there are a few quick steps you can take to prevent these embarrassing things from happening! Follow our quick guide of the 10 top body hacks you can deploy when it matters the most:
Body Hack #1: Think You’re Going to Cry
Immediately force your eyes wide open as if a shot of cool air suddenly got blasted into your face. This is a distraction technique, but it also makes it physically difficult for the tears to actually flow.
Body Hack #2: Sleepy? Don’t Yawn!
If you feel that you may yawn in a meeting, grab a cup of cool water and drink it. This helps you keep your mouth on something so that you can’t open it to yawn.
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Body Hack #3: Got the Hiccups?
If you suddenly break out with a case of the hiccups, fill up a glass of water, bend over and drink the water from the opposite side of the glass that you normally would while you go over toward your stomach. This body hack helps to increase the levels of carbon dioxide in your blood, which will stop hiccups because they need oxygen, and it distracts your mind from obsessing about whether your hiccups are going to keep going.
Body Hack #4: Press Away Vomiting
If you feel like you are about to vomit, apply pressure in between the two tendons on your wrist. Acupuncture creates the same effect on people who are feeling nauseous.
Body Hack #5: Sleep on your Left Side to Stop Acid Reflux
If you get acid reflux often, try sleeping on your left side. This makes it physically more difficult for this issue to occur because your stomach will be lower than your esophagus.
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Body Hack #6: When Your Throat is Tickling, Scratch This
A light scratching of your ear will relieve tickling in your throat. That’s because scratching your ear invigorates your ear’s nerves, and thereby makes your throat experience a relax. This muscle spasm then relieves that tickling. It’s like a good back scratch for your throat!
Body Hack #7: Be Good to Your Eyes with This Trick
So many of us spend all day staring a computer, resulting in strain on our eyes. To combat this, take a break every 20 minutes you are staring at a computer screen by looking at an object 20 feet away from you for the duration of 20 seconds. This is called the 20-20-20 rule.
Body Hack #8: Get Happy with Pencil
Even when you’re sad, you can trick your brain into feeling happy. Force yourself to smile, and you’ll be experiencing the feelings of a happy person. To do this, put a pencil in your mouth, which helps you create that half-turn that is similar to the movement of the mouth when you smile!
Body Hack #9: Trick Your Body’s Internal Clock for Traveling
If you’re preparing to make a trip to a different time zone, trick your body’s internal clock by fasting for 16 hours before you arrive in that time zone. You’ll transition easier with your jet lag and feel more like you should be awake and eating when normally you wouldn’t be.
Body Hack #10: Wake Up Numb Hands
If your hand goes to sleep, wake it up by gently grabbing it with your other hand and rocking it back and forth as the blood begins to circulate more quickly.
In conclusion, keep this guide by your side as you are preparing for that big presentation or meeting. We all can learn a few new tricks, and these body hacks will have you staying cool, calm and looking refreshed — even when you don’t feel like it. Appearances count, and so you have to take care to make sure you are putting forth you’re very best face to your colleagues. Try these body hacks out whenever the situation strikes you and see what a big difference it can make at the moment!