5-Second Solutions for Everyday Health Woes

Simplify your life with these quick fixes to help in the kitchen, boost health, and lots more.

5-Second Solutions for Everyday Health Woes

Time matters, and #NurseNation nurses know it! Check out some of their favorite solutions to solve simple problems. From curing the hiccups to tricks to make swallowing pills easier, here are the fast ways to get around your most common woes.

Watch: Nurses Share Their Favorite 5-Second Solutions


Chew Gum to Avoid Crying When Chopping Onions

Crying while chopping onions is a common cooking problem. There are chemicals in the onions that travel through the air and when they hit the back of your nasal cavity and your eyes, you start to cry.

Here’s an easy tip: gum. When chewing gum, you diffuse the odors that make you cry and you breathe through your mouth, so the chemicals don’t make it to your nasal cavity. By chewing gum, you are stopping any irritants from going up your nose, so the glands don’t get frustrated. So chew away.

More: No-Cry Onion Peeling

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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