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4 Tips to Destress Quickly and Easily

I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.- Mark Twain

When stress hits us before or after an important meeting or the kids have given you a bad time, we don’t have time to¬†manage that stress. We need a to destress quickly and ensure we prevent burnout. Here are four great tips to help.

Foot Massage

A foot massage feels great if done slowly with plenty of time. However if you are on your own with little time try this. With one foot up on the opposite knee, press in with your thumb, sliding it back and forth along the arch between the heel and midway up the foot. Great for some quick relief

Headache Spot

Known to shiatsu practitioners as Large Intestine 4, this point is great for helping to relieve headaches. It’s located in the webbing of your hand between the thumb and index finger. The problem is that most people don’t press exactly the right spot when they try to stimulate this point on themselves. The spot is not directly in the center of the meaty part of the webbing, but rather in against the bone of the hand. To press here effectively, grasp the webbing between thumb and index finger with your opposite hand, squeeze it, and then move your thumb in against the side of the hand.

Jaw Circles

We all carry tension in our jaw muscles (yes, even you). One good way to alleviate this is to use your fingertips and make tiny little circles right into the center of your jaw muscles. Open and close your mouth slowly at the same time to increase the effect. You may also want to try gently pulling your chin down until your mouth begins to open, relaxing the jaw muscles. You may be surprised at how tightly you hold your mouth closed.

Eye Hooks

Hook your thumbs up into the inner upper corners of your eye sockets, pressing in against the nose bone and up against the ridge of the brow. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. This helps relieve headaches and sinus congestion.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.