How To Will Your Hiccups Away With Your Mind

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Everyone has had the hiccups at one time. Even a baby can have a short bout of hiccups. While they are not serious, they are annoying and getting rid of them suddenly becomes your sole goal.

 

What are hiccups and what causes them?

Hiccups occur when the muscle in your diaphragm begins to contract involuntarily. The result is that catchy little intake of air that makes it sound like you are saying “hiccup.” This syndrome could consist of just one or two hiccups or it could go on for several minutes.

There are several things that can cause a bout of the hiccups:

  • The nerves that run from your neck to your chest can become irritated,
  • Chewing gum
  • Eating your food too fast and swallowing a lot of air.
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Babies can get it from crying

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Common home remedies for getting rid of hiccups

There are a number of home remedies that you may have heard of that are supposed to get rid of your hiccups. They include:

  1. Holding your breath for as long as you can.
  2. Drinking a glass of water as quickly as possible
  3. Asking someone to scare you when you least expect it.
  4. Pulling on your tongue.
  5. Swallowing a spoonful of sugar.
  6. Swallowing a spoonful of honey.

The good news is that no matter what method you try, your hiccups will be gone within two to three minutes, even if none of the home remedies work. It always seems that just when you are getting tired of having hiccups, they automatically stop.

If for some reason they do not stop after a reasonable amount of time, you should consult your physician. There are more serious methods of treatment they might be able to recommend to you.

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Using your mind to get rid of hiccups

If you find that none of the home remedies work for you, there are a few other options you might want to try out. Mind control and the power of positive thinking have worked for other people and could possibly work for you as well. Here are two new remedies for you to work on.

  • The “Quinxy Method” is described as a way to will your hiccups away by getting control of your breathing. When you feel your next hiccup coming along, breath in slowly and begin to take control of your diaphragm. Tighten up all the muscles you use to inhale and exhale. Keep everything tight, just as you tighten up your muscles when you lift weights. Maintain control of your muscles in your abdomen and chest as you take full breaths in and exhale full breaths out. As you are breathing slowly and controlling your breaths, tell yourself to “Stop!” Your hiccupping should cease fairly quickly. With enough practice, you should be able to get into this mode quickly, and once you know it works for you it will take very little effort.
  • Another method requires another person to help you out. Have the person stand directly across from you and put their hands on your shoulders. Look directly into the other person’s eyes, and as you hiccup, have your friend tell you to “Stop” in a direct and forceful way. This is another hiccup treatment that you may find works right away. Once you embrace it, you will probably be able to cut out the middle man and just tell yourself to “Stop” and they will obey your orders.

 

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If you feel more comfortable using any of the home remedies, try them out. But if you feel as if you can take control and drive those pesky hiccups out with the power of your mind, start practicing until you feel comfortable enough to just send out the command and they will be gone in a matter of minutes.

References:

www.kidshealth.org

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov