Relieve Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

Stress is something we all experience daily, if not hourly. While moderate levels of stress is healthy and good for us, excessive and chronic stress can take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, remember you can be centered and balanced in less than 5 minutes with this Japanese self-relaxation technique.

According to Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese practice, each finger represents a different mood and feeling. The goal is to harmonize the opposing energy forces in our body by grasping each finger for 1 minute, or until you feel a pulse.



The emotion associated with our thumb is worry. Grasping the thumb helps ease anxiety.

Index finger


The emotion associated with our index finger is fear. Grasping the index finger promotes a feeling of acceptance and being safe.

Middle finger


The emotion associated with our middle finger is anger. Grasping the middle finger helps calm aggression.

Ring finger


The emotion associated with our ring finger is sadness. Grasping the ring finger can help with feelings of melancholy and depression.



The emotion associated with our pinky is self-esteem. Grasping the index finger can help increase confidence.

To bring yourself to a deeper state of peace and relaxation, apply slight pressure to the center of your palms and hold for 1 minute.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this video is for general information purposes only. Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. If you are pregnant, injured, or feeling unwell please consult a health care professional before attempting.