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7 Smart Hacks That Can Help You in Unpleasant Situations

If you want to be adventurous and explore the world with all of its beauty and wonder, you’ve got to accept the fact that there is some danger lurking around the corner. However, if you are equipped with the right knowledge, nothing is going to stop you from being free and curious.

Bright Side wants to present you with 7 smart hacks that are going to be total game-changers the next time you encounter an unpleasant situation.

1. Use toothpaste to reduce swelling.

You’ve stubbed your toe, so it’s going to be one of those days. But before your mood is completely ruined, there is a home remedy that can help you with the swelling and ease the pain a bit. Grab your toothpaste and apply some to your unfortunate toe. Herbal toothpaste has proven to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on your oral health, so it can help you with this sticky situation too. It can be helpful for bee stings as well.

2. Use a syringe to get a stinger out of your arm.

You are enjoying the perfect weather, smelling the flowers, and — ouch! A mischievous bee has left its stinger in your arm. No need to panic, here’s a reliable way to get that thing off. Get a syringe and use a boxcutter or a knife to remove the part where the needle goes into the skin. Now use it to vacuum out the stinger. Voila, it’s as good as new. And remember to act quickly because speed is of the essence here.

3. Use ice to ease migraine pain.

We know having a migraine can sometimes feel like the end of the world, but we have an ice-cold logical approach that is going to help you in this situation. Grab a bag of frozen vegetables from your freezer and place it on your neck. Cold can constrict blood vessels and aid in reducing the transmission of pain to the brain.

4. Use baby oil to remove a bandage easily.

Your wound has finally healed but the hard part is still to come. You may think you have 2 options: to rip that bandage off with a swift motion or to suffer slowly, but there is a little trick here. Apply baby oil on the spot a let it sit for a second. Now you can enjoy a pain-free bandage removal — a piece of cake.

5. Eye exercises help you with tiredness and blurred vision.

You have spent several hours binge-watching your favorite TV show and now your eyes are looking redder than a tomato? Yep, we feel you. However, a quick workout not only benefits your biceps, but it can also help you with blurred vision, eye strain, and increased light sensitivity. Look left and right several times without moving your head. Then look up and down. Repeat this exercise a couple of times and you will feel the difference.

6. Apply honey or sugar to your burned tongue.

If you’ve burned your tongue with a hot drink, don’t call the fire department just yet. We have a sweet solution for your predicament, literally. Add a block of sugar or a spoonful of honey to your tongue. Honey is a proven weapon for combating burns, but remember to brush your teeth afterward because all of that sweetness can cause some cavities.

7. Open your eyes wide to prevent crying.

You are watching Titanic with your partner and a certain raft scene comes on the screen — you feel your eyes getting wetter by the second but you want to keep your cool. Keep your eyes wide open, tighten your facial muscles, and tilt your chin up — it will help with the tears, big man. Or just let your emotions take the wheel.

What other smart hacks do you know that can help you in a moment of trouble? Share them with us in a comment.

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