It often feels like things are slipping out of your hands. But the best place to get back control over life is to start with your very own body.

Thanks to the TikToker Andy Jiang and his video series “Tricks That Give You Power Over Your Own Body,” we now can start from little things. Like dealing with cramps on your morning jog or avoiding getting your ears painfully stuffed on a plane and so much more.

So let’s see Andy’s useful advice right below which amassed him a total of 12.1M likes and may well make our lives if not easier, then slightly more bearable. And that’s already a win.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you feel like you're about to fall asleep when you definitely shouldn't be sleeping, try holding your breath for as long as you can. This increases your heart rate and blood flow, waking you up quickly.

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I'm lay sheep in China
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2 months ago

This one also prevent from crying

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you feel very hot or that your body is about to overheat, pour cold water over your wrists, this helps the entire body to cool down.

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Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

For me that can cause me to faint. Wetting the back of my neck helps me instead.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you ever have a really itchy mosquito bite that doesn't go away, putting deodorant on it can help it stop itching.

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Adam C
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2 months ago

only roll-on or does spray work too?

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Bored Panda reached out to the creator of the widely popular “Learn Today” TikTok, Andy Jiang, who’s been making storytelling and fact videos on TikTok for over a year. Andy said he got into TikTok after a friend bet him $20 that he couldn’t hit 1,000 followers on TikTok in one week.

“I ended up taking the bet and getting around 1,100 followers that first week, but it led me to continue creating different types of content on TikTok and eventually arriving at the content I make today."

#4

25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you ever get that nasty static-y feeling when your arm has fallen asleep all you have to do is shake your head for a couple of seconds and the feeling will go away.

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JiminKimLip7
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2 months ago

Another good tactic is to open and close your hands. Also, same goes if it happens to your foot.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you ever feel your gag reflex come on when you're eating food, brushing your tongue or doing something else, literally all you have to do is grab your left thumb in your hand and the gag reflex will go away.

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

"Something else" ...

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you want to remember something easier, you should think about it right before you go to bed. This gives whatever you're trying to remember a better chance of getting stored in your long term memory.

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

This is good advice if you don't actually want to sleep and would rather stay up an extra hour or two worrying.

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The idea for the video series featuring interesting body facts came after Andy once heard “how you can make yourself happier by just putting a pencil (cleaned of course) in your mouth because it forces your mouth into a smile and tricks your brain.”“I thought that facts like that would make a great video series, and played a little with the wording until I got the 'Tricks that Give you Power' title,” he recounted.

When asked what fact stayed with him, Andy said it’s “that your brain actually subconsciously edits out your nose, and you’re actually always looking at your nose but your brain just doesn’t let you perceive it.”

#7

25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you ever find yourself doing some last minute studying, find a pack of gum and chew it. This will give you around 20 minutes where your memory, attention and cognitive skills are boosted.

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Ragnhild Nilsen
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2 months ago

If you need to remember what you read, chew some other gum than what you normally use. Then when you need to remember (for a test or something) chew the same gum again. The taste will help you remember

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" Chewing gum when a plane is taking off or landing helps equalize the pressure in your ears.

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Monday
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2 months ago

Chewing, sucking or swallowing...and none are guarantees. You might still end up with an earache regardless of what you do.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you feel tears building up and you don't want to cry, hold your eyes wide open without blinking, the feeling will go away. If you already started crying but you want to stop, look up with your eyes and keep your jaw relaxed, it will help stop the tears.

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Sleazy Weaver
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2 months ago

Doesn't holding your eyes wide open without blinking dry them out, causing you to produce more tears...?

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With 3.1M followers, Andy’s TikTok has been growing, but his content had to adapt too. “My content has become more storytelling-related rather than interesting facts. I like to make sure I keep connecting with my followers and audience to make sure that I’m known for my storytelling and ‘stay relevant.’”

Andy also said that he “started doing more recent interesting news stories that I have come across as well for my content to be things that are happening today, which also helps my videos perform better. At the end of the day, the app will always be competitive and my views won’t always be great, but I try to always put out high-quality content and things usually work out well for me,” the TikTok creator concluded.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you feel an uncontrollable itch inside your throat, try scratching the back of one of your ears, this helps the itch to go away.

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Amy Dodds
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2 months ago

I'm there trying to scratch the back of my throat with the back of my tongue going 'GUG GUGUHUHGUG'

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you ever find yourself in a dreaded situation where you just really need to use the bathroom but do not have access to one, scratch the back of your calf really hard. This stalls your brain and gives you more time to find a bathroom.

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third molar
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2 months ago

Wont work with explosive diarrhea!

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you get that feeling where your nose itches and you really want to sneeze but it doesn't come out, try looking into very bright light. Studies show that this can help the sneeze come out.

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Amy Dodds
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2 months ago

Or if you wanna be mean, if someone tells you they need to sneeze, say to them 'no you don't. You're not going to sneeze. Keep it in' etc and they won't be able to do it. They will be stuck with that unfulfilling feeling of having not sneezed.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you're ever doing a project and need some creativity, raise your eyebrows. Believe it or not, it's been scientifically proven that this makes you more creative.

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Donkey boi
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2 months ago

'Scientifically proven'? I'd like to see a source please.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you can't fall asleep, blink with your eyes really fast for a minute. This helps you tire your eyes out and lets you fall asleep easier.

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Tracy Baparam
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2 months ago

Tried this. Does not work.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" When you're cutting onions, move your tongue to the roof of your mouth, this prevents you from crying.

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third molar
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2 months ago

Only onion induced crying. If you are thinking about your life while you are cutting onions try to tips mentioned earlier to stop crying

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you find it hard to swallow big pills, a really easy technique you can use is just lean your head forward. This causes the pill to move to the back of your throat and makes it easier to swallow.

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Potatogamers2
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2 months ago (edited)

This works only with capsules! Pills sink, capsules float. I am a difficult pill taker..I put water in my mouth, then put in the pill or capsule (whilst holding head back). With pills, I swallow like that, looking up ((EDIT, I just took my pills, I slightly look up, not head tilt all the way back)). With capsules, I bow my head forwards like the picture and then swallow.

Karin Jansen
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2 months ago

But, but.. Isn't your throat more closed off when you swallow looking up? Otherwise, I'll need to start trying this! Signed, a fellow difficult pill taker.

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Allan Breum
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2 months ago

Considering how many people have difficulty swallowing pills, I am SO glad that I can just chuck them into the back of my mouth and just swallow them without water.

Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

you...you MONSTER!

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third molar
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2 months ago

I usually spit it out rather than get choked

Vicky Z
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2 months ago

You sound like my aunt's dog 😅😅always spits it out

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Elsker
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2 months ago

My best way is taking them with a thicker drink, like buttermilk or yogurt drink

Vicky Z
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2 months ago

It's not a good idea to take medicine with dairy products though...Calcium which is found in milk will bind drugs or antibiotics that prevent absorption into the body. You can Google it if you want

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago (edited)

You can also break them in half if its too difficult for you. But eventually it gets easier. I think that my record is seven pills at a time.

Vicky Z
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2 months ago

😱😱😱😱😱

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Jaz79 1
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2 months ago

Easiest technique I know is to simply use a straw to drink. Keeps your head in a good position and stops you filling your mouth with more water than you can swallow easily.

Cat Witdabigdog
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1 month ago

The real question is... can you do it while looking as elegant and graceful as Gladys here?

Cat Witdabigdog
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1 month ago

But the real question is... can you do it while looking as elegant and graceful as Gladys here?

Janet Howe
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2 months ago

easiest way I have found is to put pills on tongue, take a mouthful water close mouth, clench back teeth together quite hard, swallow, pills plus water have nowhere to go except down your throat !!

Analyn Lahr
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2 months ago

Or you can cut them if they're not capsules.

Linziaj
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2 months ago

Tilt your head backwards surely, not forwards

Jaz79 1
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2 months ago

The more you tilt your head back the harder it is to swallow, try taking a gulp of water then putting your head back and try to swallow then do the same with your head slightly forward you should find it a lot easier with your head forward.

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Damo Lee Park
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2 months ago

ever watch a duck eat? that's the way to down pills

Ashley Lynne
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2 months ago

I'm going to try this... I have taken meds for years never used to have an issue. Suddenly I can't do it anymore and throw up or gag trying to take pills- most of which are capsules!

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If you want to temporarily improve your vision and see further, hold your hand into a fist and look through it like a telescope. This allows a narrow beam of light to enter the eye, which reduces the size of the circle of confusion on the retina and increases the depth of field, letting you see further.

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N G
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2 months ago

Yup - when I'm not wearing my glasses, I can do this to watch short bursts of TV (enough to be able to identify that actor whose voice I *definitely* recognise, but can't place their name until I see them... Oh, *that* one!)

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you're having trouble thinking or remembering during a test, readjust your body position. This helps to change the way you're thinking and helps to see the question from a new perspective.

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Ozacoter
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2 months ago

If you can first read the entire test. Then answer first the questions that you are sure about. Leave the unsure questions for the end and if you get stuck just move to the next one and come back later.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you have a stuffed nose, hold your breath for as long as you can before you finally have to breathe. This actually activates your survival mechanisms and your nose will consequently unclog.

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third molar
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2 months ago

Only for a few seconds and after u relax the lethargy mechanism kicks in and blocks nose again

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If you want to experience night vision: sit in a dark room and get your eyes accustomed to the darkness. Then close one of your eyes and turn on very bright light. After you turn the lights off again, the eye you closed will have night vision.

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Sleazy Weaver
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2 months ago (edited)

I've heard this is why lots & lots of pirates wore eyepatches. It meant they would always have an eye adjusted to the dark when they went below deck. Of course, I'm sure some of them were actually missing eyes seeing as it was such a dangerous lifestyle!

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you have acne or poor skin, at the end of every shower you should change the water to cold for around a minute. This can help seal your pores and stop dirt and bacteria from getting into your skin.

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Aunt Messy
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2 months ago

Not true. Acne is a systemic problem, and "closing" your pores this way only lasts as long as the cold water is actually touching your body.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" When taking a photo, you should always push your tongue to the roof of your mouth when you smile. This makes your smile look more natural and helps chisel your chin overall making you look more photogenic.

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Sid
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2 months ago

How can a smile look natural if it is done unnaturally, I mean who smiles with their tongue pointing towards the palate.

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you get a cramp while you're running, all you have to do is breathe out when your left foot hits the ground and breathe in as your right foot hits the ground. This will take the pressure off and make the pain go away.

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Potatogamers2
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2 months ago

Cue hyperventilation

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25 Useful Tips On How To Control And Take Advantage Of Your Own Body, Shared By "Learn Today" If you're ever feeling sad, put a pencil between your teeth. This moves your mouth into the shape of a smile, which tricks your brain into feeling happier.

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Unwelcomed Guest
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2 months ago

I am running to the patent office with a horse bit designed for humans. I mean horses always seem happy despite our fat arses sitting on their backs and I figure it must be because the bit forces them to smile

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If you're experiencing anxiety, blowing air on your thumb can help reduce your stress.

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Nope. Now I'm anxious and I have a cold thumb.

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