No matter how hard you try not to get nervous or angry, sometimes it just happens, and you lose it. Either you are having a bad day, or you had the bad luck of experiencing things that try out your nerves. In these situations, the Zen feeling is leaving you, needing a little bit of assistance to restore your calmness. Thus, you may wish to enjoy some Japanese wisdom and keep in mind the following techniques to calm down whenever you feel like you are going to explode. And considering that our busy lives always offer us new moments to get angry, we might just all be addicted to the stress relieving medication. Still, the following methods are drug-free and promise to work.
#1. The plain and simple Japanese method
Japanese people are well-known for making a connection between certain nervous ends in our limbs and the problem we are suffering from. It is always in handy and discreet, and you can do it whenever you feel the need, without making others suspect you have a problem. The entire secret is pressing on the fingers and thumb of one hand, using the fingers of the other hand. You should know that each finger will serve a certain purpose. Thus, the thumb is useful if pressed when experiencing nausea and sickness. Your index finger should be pressed when you feel fear or anxiety. The middle finger works in the case of anger or rage. Sadness, or even the feeling of doom, can be easily controlled by the ring finger. And the little finger is responsible for calming restlessness.
#2. Never forget to breathe
You will be amazed of how much breathing can help you, especially in moments of distress and nervousness. Since incredible tension is testing us, we might forget to breathe properly, preventing our brain to benefit from the most wanted oxygen. Whenever you feel tensed, breathe in and breathe out, taking deep breaths and using a calm pace. You will instantly feel better, as it lowers your blood pressure and eliminates the presence of cortisol, a hormone that makes you feel irritable.
#3. A well-chosen perfume can help you be calmer
Ever heard about aromatherapy? It really works, and you can benefit from it straight in your perfume. Either you pick one to accompany you every day or have one for emergency situations, perfumes that contain calming scents, like lavender or ylang-ylang, can do wonders in tensed situations. And the best part is that they will always be with you, right under your nose. Who knows, maybe you will manage to calm others as well, with your scent. Still, do avoid perfumes that are too strong, as they may have the opposite effect.
#4. Music is the best therapy
There is nothing better than listening to your favorite music when you feel in distress. And today, with the help of smartphones and a pair of headphones, you can enjoy your preferred playlist anywhere. Even after a bothering meeting with your boss. So try to keep music close to you, as it may be the best treatment.
#5. Don’t forget to laugh
Laughter is an excellent therapy in many cases, just don’t be afraid to do it. Always allow yourself a good portion of laughter or about 15 or 20 minutes per session. And do laugh out loud if you wish for it to have the wanted effects. The reason this method is so efficient is because it stimulates the brain to release endorphins, the so-called hormones of happiness. Do keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to be happy to laugh. You will be surprised that your body takes any laughter, as the effect will be the same. Still, a good joke and funny videos are always most welcomed.
#6. Tea, a natural and efficient remedy
A hot and steaming cup of herbal tea can truly invigorate your senses and reduce stress. The best results will come if you consume natural herbal tea, without any flavors or taste enhances. Any other type of commercial tea may soothe you, as it is a hot beverage, but there are many herbs that also have an efficient action of loosening your nerves and decrease tension. Only the vapors coming for a cup of tea can make you feel better already, so don’t forget to treat yourself with a cup, especially during the most difficult moments of the day. Add some honey and you will have a healthy brew as well.