Your body has lots of reflexes that were useful hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Not so much now. As a short-term renter of a randomly assigned meatbag, you want more control over its functions. Here are some body life hacks that just work.
Legend: ✅ worked for me, ❌ didn’t work for me or doesn’t work consistently. 🤔 need to test.
✅ Anti-sneeze 1. About to sneeze? Press your finger, hard, against the place between your upper lip and nose.
🤔 Anti-sneeze 2. Press your tongue firmly against the back of your teeth.
🤔 Force-sneeze 1. Have an urge to sneeze but unable to do it? Try looking suddenly into a bright light. The photic sneeze reflex makes you sneeze. Works for about 30% of people.
✅ Force-sneeze 2. Chew a strong mint gum.
✅ Force-sneeze 3. Sniff freshly poured wine.
🤔 Stop “Brain Freeze”. You need to warm your pallet. Try pushing your tongue up against the roof of your mouth.
🤔 Hold up tears. Hold your eyes open without blinking. Already started crying - look upward without tilting your head up.
✅ Prevent yawning. You know that people want to yawn when they see other people yawning - this stuff is contagious. But did you know it’s enough to see a picture of a yawn? Here’s one.
Did you yawn? If you said “No” - you might lack empathy. If you said “Yes” - this could have been avoided, were you simply to touch the tip of your tongue.
It works on cats, dogs and other people too. Side-effects may include unstoppable chain of yawning and “deep breathing” later on.
✅ Stop gag reflex. Squeeze your thumb into your palm. Try using toothbrush on your tongue now. No gag reflex. Need someone to test if it works when eating something disgusting.
🤔 Unwanted erection. Pinch your thigh really hard.
❌ Anti-pee 1. Squeeze your thigh really hard. Doesn’t work for me.
❌ Anti-pee 2. Perform a kegel exercise (pretend you stop peeing mid-stream). Works for a brief moment.
✅ Anti-pee 3. Distract yourself with mentally challenging stuff. Sudoku, crossword puzzles. I tried doing simple timed math exercises like mathtrainer.org and it worked.
✅ Get more saliva. You need to pretend to chew. Useful when you need to give a saliva sample for a medical test, but your mouth is dry.
🤔 Stop vomit. You can prevent yourself from vomiting by humming. About 30-40 seconds before you hurl, your mouth will fill with saliva. It's your body trying to protect your mouth from acid that's about to hit. That's your cue to start humming.