Pro tip: you should ALWAYS, ALWAYS listen to your friends, family members, and even complete strangers if they offer you advice about your wellness and overall health.
Because we’re all works in progress and there’s nothing wrong with learning some new tricks to help ourselves out.
So, what are some good life hacks for our bodies?
Let’s see how folks on AskReddit answered that question.
1. Partial fasting.
“Do all your eating within eight (or nine hours) in the day. You’ll lose some weight. If you try to eat healthy — not starve yourself, but avoid junk — you can really lose weight.
My wife and I drifted into this while sheltering in place this year, and I lost 50 pounds in eight months without intending to — at first, without even knowing that I was doing it. My wife lost 35 or 40 pounds.
It’s a thing; called partial fasting, I finally found out.”
2. A shot of dopamine.
“We enjoy listening to music partially because of an expectation-reward system your brain has.
You hear the rises and falls in the music and when your brain anticipates what comes next correctly, it gives itself a little shot of dopamine as a reward.
If you listen to music you know well and anticipate the rises and falls throughout the entire song, you can give yourself a little bit of a dopamine rush.”
3. Time to sleep.
“Going to bed early is relaxing.
Having as hot of a shower as you can handle, and then going to bed in a freezing room is just so cozy.”
“If I eat a raw cucumber first thing in the morning then wait 30 minutes to an hour before eating anything else then I po*p regularly, and have a flat stomach the next day regardless of how poorly I eat the rest of the day.”
5. Fry ’em up.
“If you want to eat healthier but don’t like the taste of vegetables, frying or sautéing them with garlic or other spices makes such a big difference.
I’d rather eat something that tastes good and is healthy than something that tastes good but is sh*t for me.”
6. It works.
“Splashing cold water on your face triggers the mammalian dive response, which instantly lowers blood pressure.
It’s not just a movie trope of the panicking character in the bathroom…it actually works and is sometimes even used in emergency rooms.”
7. Let it all out.
Cry enough and you’re able to release whatever it is that’s bothering you. No more “coping mechanisms” or managing.
The body’s brilliant. Just like you can vomit up something that’s making your stomach feel bad (much better than holding it in), you can emotionally puke out everything too.
Shame we’ve told everyone it’s shameful to do. Crying feels great.”
8. Unclog it!
“When you have a clogged nose make a fist and press it down on you face in the middle of your forehead near you nose and tilt your head back.
Your nose won’t be clogged anymore and you can breathe normally while doing that.”
9. Keep hydrated.
Family and friends make fun of me for always having my water bottle with me but I feel drastically sluggish and tired when I’m not constantly hydrating.”
10. Never thought of that.
“Setting my alarm clock to a “jump-scare” sound on full volume.
Now my brain wakes me up a minute or two before my alarm clock goes off to avoid a heart attack each morning.”
11. New life plan.
“Eating mostly fresh/non processed food and starting the day with a walk (10 minutes around the block will do) and ending the day with stretching or yoga (preferably barefoot on grass to ground yourself.)
Doing this has changed how I physically and mentally feel, and I notice the effect on my body if I don’t do these things.”
12. Here and there.
Instead of other sleeping pills if I can’t sleep, or to adjust for jet lag.
Don’t abuse it, it’s a hormone, but occasional use can help you repair or switch your sleep cycle faster.”
13. Appetite killer.
“To avoid late night snacking, brush your teeth soon after dinner.
The feeling of fresh, clean teeth will suppress the urge to further eat.
And if you don’t already brush your teeth twice a day, start now.”
14. Give it a shot.
“I put lavender oil in my diffuser and turn it on about 30 min before I got to bed.
Fills my room so that I can fall asleep faster than my 1-2 hour normal. I call it my knockout gas.”
15. Foot massage.
“If you use a standing desk at home, buy a lacrosse/cricket/baseball and roll your feet around on it while you stand.
It’s like a high pressure foot massage”
16. Listen to your body.
“Lots of water and lots of sleep can cure SO many things.
Hydrate and rest.
Second favorite life hack is, when my body says “no,” I listen. I don’t mean a whiny no, like a little kid who just doesn’t feel like it, but an actual full stop Do Not Want.
I don’t argue with that.”
17. Pro tip.
“Take a shot of baking soda in water to immediately stop heartburn.”
18. Cut down on the meat.
“My digestive system operates most efficiently if I cut my meat consumption in half.”
“Stop eating processed sugar…
Life long meds for anxiety gone within 5-ish days.
My thinking is more crisp.
My ADHD is slightly more manageable now…”
20. Good for you.
My ability to handle the cold has greatly improved, can happily walk around outside in shorts and t-shirt while everyone else is in big coats, hats and gloves.
Really good for your mental and physical health too.”
21. Get that outta there.
“If you have something in your eye and can’t get it out, pinch your top eyelid gently and then just pull it down over your eye and it will take care of the issue.”
22. Beat the fatigue.
“Whenever I’m extremely tired, to the point where my eyes are slowly shutting, make yourself strong coffee (or energy drink for those non-coffee drinkers) and take a 15-30 min nap right after.
Helped me pull off some papers due the next day for a class in high school and university.”
23. Do it at night.
“Showering before going to bed is like telling my body “Don’t wake up until you’re fully rested, no matter what”.”
24. I like this!
“Want to get some “automatic exercise?”
Put on a 20lb or heavier weight vest and wear it as you do chores around your home, take a walk outside, etc.
After months of slacking off on exercising, I found that wearing it for a couple of hours a day resulted in toning and loss of a bit of waistline.”
25. Stretch it out!
That’s all. Do it in the morning.
Doesn’t matter if you do a full on session or just a 1min “all the major areas” type thing (neck, back, legs).
Blood flows better and you feel looser in your skin.”
26. As simple as that.
“Eating well, sleeping enough, and regular exercise make you healthy and strong.
It’s insane how many people just let their health go to complete sh*t and then die years early for no reason.”
Now we want to hear from you.
In the comments, tell us about the hacks you use for your body.
We can’t wait to hear them! Thanks!