We all get stressed daily because of problems, rush, anxiety, etc. The Japanese have different ways to relieve stress that we are going to share with you in this article.
While a certain amount of stress in our lives is normal and even necessary, excessive stress can interfere with normal daily activities and have an impact on our personal lives and health. It is worth remembering that not all the techniques and tips mentioned in this article are of Japanese 100% origin.
Japanese basics to relieve stress
Zen Meditation - Zen meditation is spiritually effective in relieving everyday stress and pressure. Close your eyes, breathe well and walk away, try not to think about anything. You can empty your mind and de-stress anywhere. Traditional meditation you find in Japanese temples by the name of zazen.
incense therapy – Burning these scents and smelling them will help you stay calm and relieve your stress. The smell makes your mind calm, watching the burning can also calm you down. There are various scents like lavender, sakura, wood, sandai and other blends for meditation.
Onsen and bathrooms - Most Japanese go to one thermal font to relax. Some go every day after work to de-stress and feel refreshed. These places are full of options for relaxation in addition to several pools you will find saunas, massages, massage chairs and even a good read.
ashiyu – Popular practice in cities with onsen, consists of a foot spa. Fill a bathtub with warm water, add scents and bath salts, put your feet up and enjoy the relaxation.
Listen to music – Japanese trails usually give pleasure and relaxation, you will find several trails natural, traditional or even modern on the internet to listen and relax.
make green tea – Try making green tea yourself in the traditional way, kneading the powder with chasen. Both drinking the tea and making it can be relaxing and has many health benefits and negative emotions.
Visit relaxing places – Japanese cities are full of green, tourist spots, parks, gardens that you can visit to relax and enjoy nature. If you want something radical, visit a cat cafe and relax with a lot of cuteness. Pets can be relaxing.
Practicing exercises and martial arts
akido – Unlike karate or taekwondo, this art promotes mental serenity and respect for others, while rejecting violence. The movements are typically circular and can improve your ability to concentrate while balancing your mind, eliminating stress and toning your muscles.
Shiatsu – Here you exert pressure on various specific points of the body related to the nervous system and vital organs. Shiatsu can reduce tension, give energy, eliminate toxins, regulate pressure, relieve anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Walk barefoot – This technique is known as Shinrin Yoku, where you must walk barefoot in a park or forest. This practice is believed to improve your mood, creativity levels and health. According to studies, it also reduces blood pressure, cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and anxiety. In addition to strengthening your immune system and improving cognitive function.
Reiki – Therapy that serves to stimulate certain points of the body that allows channeling positive energy.
Other non-Japan-origin methods may help you as Do-in, Tai Chi and Yoga. Doing other things like taking a deep breath, laughing, and resting your eyes are helpful in relieving stress.
Did you know? Some companies and people often work together with cats, dogs and goats in offices to avoid stress.
The Japanese Hands-On Method to Reduce Stress
There is a Japanese technique that consists of understanding that each of the fingers of the hand represents a different feeling and attitude. This Japanese technique is able to restore the body's energy balance and relieve physical and emotional pain.
When we know what each finger represents, we can take 2 to 5 minutes a day and hold each of the fingers with the opposite hand, exerting pressure on them and thus working on the emotion we want to eliminate. Start with the right hand and repeat with the left. You can also massage the hand points.
- Thumb: helps fight worry, nervousness and anxiety;
- Indicator: helps fight fear;
- Heart: helps control anger, wrath and indignation;
- Ring: helps with decision making and combating sadness and depression;
- Littlefinger: helps relieve stress and boosts your optimism and self-esteem;
This very simple technique employs several concepts from traditional oriental medicine, but integrates them into an easy method so that anyone can easily perform it at home. It is based on an oriental art called “Jin Shin Jyutsu” the art of happiness.
Our hands bind on our bodies
It may seem like something spiritual, but really each finger of our body connects to something in our body that influences certain feelings and emotions. In fact, these techniques can even help solve certain health problems or avoid them:
- The thumb: the stomach and spleen, headaches, stomach problems and skin disorders;
- The index finger: your kidneys and bladder, muscle aches and digestive issues
- The middle finger: the gallbladder and liver, menstrual pain or headaches, problems with vision, circulatory problems and fatigue;
- The ring finger: the colon and lungs, problems with digestion or the respiratory system (especially asthma);
- The little finger: the heart and intestines, bone problems;
There are several techniques involving points on our body that help relieve stress and solve health problems. I hope you enjoyed the article, if you remember any technique or something you add, leave it in the comments. Thanks for the shares!