Category Archives: Stress relief quick tips

Foot reflexology for stress relief

Relief for your job search stress could be as close as your feet. Reflexology – essentially massaging specific points on the feet, hands, or head – can have a stress relieving effect. Here’s an easy to follow video on using foot reflexology to help take the edge of your job search stress.

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Reduce stress with HeartMath’s Quick Coherence technique

The Institute of HeartMath has been doing some fascinating research on the impact of the heart on the brain and how it influences how we feel. Along the way, they developed a simple, fast practice you can use to reduce your stress called the Quick Coherence technique.

This article on Huffington Post takes a look at the Quick Coherence technique, explores the science behind it, and outlines the simple three-step process. You can read the article for the science part (it’s pretty interesting), but here’s a nutshell of the process:

  1. Heart Focus: Focus your attention in the area of your heart, in the center of your chest.
  2. Heart Breathing: As you focus on the area of your heart, imagine your breath flowing in and out through that area.
  3. Heart Feeling: As you continue to breathe through the area of your heart, recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience it. It could be feeling appreciation for the good things in your life, or the love and care you feel for someone.

If you’d like someone to take you through the process, here’s a video.


It’s a simple process, and easy to apply any time, anywhere.

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Reduce stress with Ujjayi breathing

As I’ve talked about numerous times before on this blog, your breath is one of the best anti-stress tools in your stress management toolkit.

This video takes you through a breathing technique called Ujjayi breathing.

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Overcome stressful feelings with…math?

When you think of stress management techniques, what comes to mind? Probably things like meditation, or exercising. What probably doesn’t come to mind is doing math.

Here’s a cool life hack that suggests doing exactly that the next time you find yourself in the grip of negative emotions.

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Want to reduce stress? Laugh!

Laughter is one of the best remedies for stress. And even if not much laughter is occurring naturally in your life just now, the great thing is your body doesn’t care why you’re laughing. It’s just as happy when you make yourself laugh as it is when you burst out spontaneously.

That’s the idea behind laughter yoga. This video gives an overview of laughter yoga and shares some exercises you can use to get started.

While you can get the benefits from laughing on your own, laughing in a group can be easier because of the contagious nature of it. If you want to find a laughter yoga group in your area, check out this laughter yoga directory.

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Meditation and stretching exercises to relieve stress

Stress isn’t just all in your head. It’s in your body too. Here’s a meditation video that combines guided meditation with simple stretching exercises.

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5 ways to reduce stress through journaling

Journaling can be an excellent tool in your stress management efforts. If you’re already a regular journal writer, you probably already know that. But if journaling isn’t a regular part of your world, you might need some tips on where to begin.

Here’s an article that offers five prompts to help you use journaling to reduce stress. Whether you’re an old journaling hand or completely new to the game, they offer some helpful, stress-specific ideas to get you started.

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How can a raisin help you reduce stress?

As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, much of stress happens because our minds are spinning around on its hamster wheel, dwelling on what has happened in the past and worrying about what might happen in the future.

And the thing is, none of that exists. The past is gone, existing only in your mind. And the future doesn’t exist yet. You’re stressing about something you’re only imagining.

Bringing your focus into the present moment is a great way to bypass all this imagination-based stress.

This short, simple exercise uses mindfulness to bring your focus back to the present moment. So grab a raisin, and dive in!

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Reduce stress with the NLP swish pattern

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can be a great tool for dialing down the stress of your job search. One NLP technique is called the swish pattern, a technique for replacing one response (in this case, your stress, fear, anxiety, etc.) with another, more positive emotion (happiness, peace, joy, etc.).

There are a bucketload of videos online that teach the swish pattern. I liked this one because it takes you through the process interactively. I just watched it with a focus on shifting a difficult response to something that happened over the weekend, and loved how effective it was. And I could see that the more I practice it, the more effective it will become.

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Breathing exercises for stress relief

It never ceases to amaze me what a grounding and stress-relieving impact breathing exercises can have. Try this 14-minute video that takes you through a series of breathing exercises.

The guy in the video suggests it as a morning practice (great way to start the day!), but it’s really something you can do any time you feel the need to calm down your stress.

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