By Shea Ki
Do you feel your nervous energy go up and down before an interview? It's a common situation. One minute you are thinking "I got this" and the next you want to go hide under the covers.
Using acupressure is a powerful way to make sure your feelings of confidence win over your self-doubt so you can shine in the hot seat.
Acupressure is a healing art and medicinal science. It originated from China about 5,000 years ago, but it is now popular across the world. You may have also heard of it called "shiatsu" and it often is infused into professional massage. It does not involve needles, but rather only pressure from your hands.
Often, as we prepare, practice, and think about an upcoming interview, our our muscles get tighter from the stress and our breathing gets more shallow. In ancient wisdom traditions, such as acupressure, these are symptoms of blocked energy. This life force energy, or "chi", needs to get unstuck or we will continue to not be able to represent our best, authentic self in the hot seat.
Yes, popping a pill is an option to relax more under pressure. But most people I coach desire natural, side-effect-free ways to upgrade their interview skills. That is why I create and share so many holistic resources on this Upgrade My Interview™ blog.
An example is this sneak peak of a video from a mini-course that I am developing. It will give you an idea of how acupressure can help you relax before your interview. When you combine deep breathing with the pressure point described in the video, the benefits will boost even more.
Eager to try more? Here is guidance from Dr. Michael Reed Gach on using deep breathing and acupressure on your neck and shoulders. This area is where many of us feel tense even when we don't have an interview!
Keep acupressure in mind and use it before you have an important conversation or presentation. By practicing it once or twice a day, it will be more effective for triggering relaxation when you need it before or during an interview.
Your turn: Share in the comments below your experience with trying acupressure for a few minutes on yourself for relaxation. If you are already familiar with acupressure, I'd love to hear about a time you felt it's benefits before an interview or other professional performance.
Most of all, believe in yourself.
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About Shea Ki
Shea Ki is creator of the Upgrade My Interview™ method. Her blend of practical tips and intuitive activities helps women interview in a way that feels authentic and gets results. You can follow her on Instagram for career inspiration, interview tips, and the occasional lip-syncing silliness. Learn more about her bio, background, and biz here.