It’s the middle of November and there’s a good chance you have already succumbed to your first sniffle of the winter (even though technically, it is still autumn.)
Yeah… If you’re prone to colds and the flu, this time of year is a terrible slog of Russian roulette regarding which patches of air are safe to breathe.
But according to Prevention magazine, there are a few ways to mitigate a stuffy nose that don’t involve taking any medication at all.
The first is simply tipping your head back, pinching your nose and holding your breath.
Hold your breath for as long as you possibly can, then when you finally take a deep breath your sinuses will clear.
Apparently this works because your brain kicks into survival mode realizing you’re not getting enough oxygen, and so gets to work clearing your sinuses.
The second option is slightly more complicated, but still easily done even from an office chair.
First, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. After you’ve done that, tap two fingers on your forehead between your eyebrows and your nose. Repeat the whole sequences (press, tap, release) again and again for about 20 seconds.
According to health mag Prevention’s managing editor Amy Rushlow, the way this works is by rocking a bone in your skull called the vomer bone back and forth, encouraging all the gunk in your sinuses to drain.