10 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control (Spoiler: Women Are Really Lucky)

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It’s naive to think that we have total control over our bodies. More often, we’re controlled by our body’s responses and can’t control most of the physical processes. It might make you feel uncomfortable: you need to pee when there’s no toilet around, you’re feeling sleepy when it’s time to prepare for an exam, or you can’t clear your throat during an important presentation. These situations are not fatal but they’re very unpleasant. Luckily, a lot can be changed if you find the right approach to your own body.

We made a list of life hacks that might help you trick your body and make your life more comfortable.

1. Blow on your finger to slow down your heart rate.

10 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control (Spoiler: Women Are Really Lucky)

An increased heart rate is often the result of stress. Probably, you’re worried before an important presentation or a date, receiving exam results, or making a mistake at work.

Luckily, there’s a quite simple way to calm yourself down: you just need to blow on your thumb. This part of your body has its own pulse. If you cool it down, the pulse will slow down and you’ll calm down.

Another proven and tested method is to put your thumb in your mouth and blow. This way you’ll stimulate the vagus nerve, slow down the heart rate, and feel much calmer and relieved.

2. Shift your body weight to the side to relieve pain on one side.

10 Body Reactions That We Can Actually Control (Spoiler: Women Are Really Lucky)

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

The most common reason for this is an insufficient warm-up. The blood flow significantly increases when you run but the blood doesn’t have enough time to redistribute properly and accumulates in the liver and spleen. These organs have a thin cover and push on it when there is too much blood in them. This is how the pain occurs.

Athletes know a proven method to deal with this problem: you need to slow down your running speed and shift the body weight to the side opposite to the one the pain is coming from. You need to do this while breathing out. After several repetitions, the pain will go away.

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