Our bodies are pretty amazing. They are full of surprises. You might think you know your body pretty well but are you using it to its full potential? Do you know what makes it tick and better yet, how to trick it? There are countless ways of giving your body the right signals at the right time. Without further ado, here are our 5 body hack favorites.
Fall Asleep Faster
We get it. Your bed is your safe place. Watching Netflix, reading a book, answering emails can all be done while tucked underneath your comfy covers. But the more time you spend in your bed not sleeping, the less your brain and body will associate it with that. And the harder it gets to fall asleep when you need to.
From now on, simply try jumping out of bed as soon as that alarm clock makes itself known and try to limit your entertainment and work habits while you’re in there.. A great Way of Will hack is using our Sleep Tight essential oil remedy on your pulse points and inhale the essential oil goodness pre-counting sheep. You and your newly found energy levels will thank us later.
Boost your brain
Sometimes your body’s cooperating but your brain literally leaves you hanging. Of course, these kinds of situations only seem to occur when your stress levels are through the roof and you could use all the help you can get. Final exams, driver’s test, job interview. To prepare yourself for these stressful moments, try to boost your brain by chewing some gum. This can temporarily increase your memory, attention and cognitive reasoning skills. Beware, this effect only lasts about 20 minutes so you better save it for last.
Scratch your itchy throat
Do you know that annoying throat tickle that always overstays its welcome? The one that no amount of water seems to cure? Well, this nifty body hack will change your itchy life. The magic method: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” according to Scott Schaffer, M.D. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”
Relax your feet = relax your mind
Who knew your feet could be part of a hack worth trying when it comes to stress relief? Touch therapy expert Michelle Ebbin says that “Every part of your body is connected by nerves to your feet, and by relaxing your feet you can effectively relax your entire body. One way to do this is to roll the soles of your feet over a tennis ball for one minute.”
Other great ways to relax from your head till your toes are to gently massage your feet or give them a good old stretch. We might be a little biased but using our Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils paired with a diffuser kind of do the same thing, only better.
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Get rid of that runner’s stitch
Running can be amazing if you stick with it. You’ll experience more energy, more joy and a happier & healthier body when you run consistently. But getting started is always the hard part. Newbie runners often complain about the sharp pain targeting their side while they’re giving it their all.
That ‘side stitch’ is caused by exhaling when your right foot touches the ground, putting unwanted pressure on the liver. Simply get rid of it by training yourself to exhale when your left foot hits the ground. Your liver is probably working hard enough as it is, without taking the extra beating.