A Japanese Technique for Eliminating Stress
Let's be honest: we all feel stressed from time to time. The good news, though, is that we don't have to. There are plenty of ways to relieve stress, such as these very effective Japanese methods. Give them a try!
Commitments, pressure, worry, problems…All of the stress of life can combine in a negative way in your body. Before you know it, you feel tired, lethargic, or irritable.
Stress is so ubiquitous that it starts to seem like the rule and not the exception in our lives.
The good news is that there are certain techniques that can help you eliminate it in a few minutes. In today’s article, we’ll share some with you.
Japanese anti-stress methodWhen your body senses that something is wrong or there is imminent danger, it responds. This is how stress basically works.
In low doses, stress can be good for your health, but as the saying goes, “nothing in excess.”
Being stressed causes both physical suffering and emotional illness. The triggers can vary, although typically work and other obligations are the most frequent ones.
To reduce stress and its consequences, you can take advantage of a very effective Japanese method that can be practiced at any time of the day.
It’s based on an oriental art known as “Jin Shin Jyutsu” (the art of happiness) and will only require five minutes of your time.
This Japanese philosophy considers that all the points of the body are related to each other. That is why this exercise is carried out using the hands.
The idea is as follows: each finger is connected to one or more of your organs and emotions.
Therefore, you should only work on the one that can send an energetic message to the affected area.
It’s very simple:
- Apply pressure for three minutes to the tip of the finger or fingers that are related to the problem or feeling that you have.
- Start with your right hand and then repeat this with your left.
For example, if it’s the middle finger that can help what ails you, hold it tightly in the closed fist of your other hand and press as hard as you can (without causing pain).
How do you know which finger is connected to which emotions and organs?
We’ll explain in detail:
The organs associated with this digit are your stomach and spleen. The relevant emotions are anxiety, depression, and worry.
As for the symptoms to look out for, the big ones are headaches and stomachaches, nervousness, and skin problems.
The index finger
Your kidneys and bladder are the affected organs. Fear and confusion are your linked emotions.
If you feel muscle aches or other problems with your digestive system, just press this finger.
The middle finger
When you apply this technique to your middle finger, it can improve problems with your liver and gallbladder. It relates to feelings of anger and irritability.
Symptoms of this imbalance include headaches, menstrual pain, fatigue, and blood and vision problems.
The ring finger
This finger is connected to your lungs and colon.
When you feel sad, pessimistic, have a respiratory problem like asthma, or poor digestion, you need to work with this finger.
The pinky finger
This finger is related to your heart and the small intestine.
Apply pressure here if you have bone problems or if you’re experiencing fatigue and a bad mood.
More Japanese techniques to say goodbye to stress
Half of the world’s population suffers from stress, which can cause a decrease in work productivity and problems in interpersonal relationships.
Aside from this, being stressed is bad for your health and can lead to serious diseases like a heart attack.
In addition to performing this technique with your fingers, we recommend that you also reduce your stress levels by taking advantage of other oriental methods.
A forest bathShinrin Yoke is the original name of this method, which consists of walking in a natural environment using your five senses.
This means touching the trees and plants, breathing in fresh air and the scent of the flowers, listening to birds singing or the wind moving the leaves, observing the landscape around you, or tasting some wild fruit.
To enjoy this experience and for it to be beneficial, it’s a good idea to practice it a few times a week and make sure each walk lasts for at least an hour.
If you live in a city, this might be a bit more difficult, but there is always an urban park you can visit. You can also take advantage of the weekends to travel a little farther and relax.
Being in touch with nature is good for your health.
Don’t bring any electronic devices with you (no social networks or checking your messages) and avoid thinking about work, your problems, or bad news.
These walks will reduce your cortisol and anxiety levels, regulate your blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system.
This therapy serves to stimulate certain points of the body and channel positive energy.
This helps you achieve harmony both internally and externally by reducing your stress, anxiety, and nervousness.
This spiritual practice is derived from Buddhism and is based on the vital force within, known as ki.
To take advantage of its benefits you should consult with a teacher or an expert in reiki.
One session can last 45 minutes, during which time you will lay on a mat, listen to soft music, and inhale the scents of essential oils or incense.
An expert will place his or her hands close to your chakras to allow your energy to flow. The relaxation and feelings of peace that people experience causes many to say they feel like they’re “floating.”
We recommend attending a reiki session once a week or as often as advised to control your stress.
Of course, there are also many other ways to eliminate stress. Yoga, meditation, and even akido – a martial art that fosters mental serenity and rejects violence – can all help.
Give them a try, and your body and mind will thank you!