Stress is a natural part of life. While a certain amount of stress in our lives is normal and even necessary to keep us going, excessive stress can interfere with normal daily activities and take a toll on our personal lives and health. If you’re looking for a quick remedy to ease some of the overwhelming stress that keeps creeping in, then you’ve come to the right spot.
Many ancient healing systems have shared beliefs about the energy of the body being important for curing illness. Hindu, Asian, Greek, Native American, Tibetan, Zen and Mediterranean healing wisdom all share the belief in a life energy force that we need to balance and harmonise for well-being. One of the most popularly used methods for reducing stress comes from an ancient Japanese method, that can be applied quickly (you need less 5 minutes) and effectively. You can practice these self-soothing tips anytime, anywhere. You may be surprised to learn that the focal point of this exercise is all about your hands.
To practice the technique, it is important to understand that each of the fingers of our hand represents a different feeling or attitude:
Thumb: Worry, stress
Ring: Sadness, Depression
Pinky: Self-Esteem, Anxiety
When you are feeling stressed, you should simply apply pressure to the thumb for 30 seconds, release for 30 seconds and repeat until the feelings subside. You can rely on the same technique to other fingers if you have those feelings as well. You can go a step further to calm yourself by using pressure to the centre of the palm.
This isn’t just another feel-good method, it’s actually backed by research. Studies show that this technique reduces stress in minutes and creates positive thoughts and feelings–not too bad for something that you can do in just a few spare minutes.
Go on, help yourself to destress.