How to Kill Stress With Your Bare Hands

Deb and I are planning a vacation to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, next month.

Usually, I’d be stressed over it, because few things get me more worked up than preparing for a trip.

Most people get frazzled about stuff like the economy, the oil spill in the Gulf, and Lindsay Lohan’s latest rehab struggles.

Me, I worry about prepping for a carefree few days out of town.

But not this time.

You know, there are plenty of “remedies” for worry.

“Learn to live in the Now.”

“Keep busy.”

“Consider the odds of your worst-case scenario actually happening.”

“Stop wrestling with things beyond your personal control.”

But here’s what really works for me.

I call it The Greatest Secret EVER for Crushing Worry.

I was taught this technique by Tamara, my Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. (Remind me to give you the lowdown on Jin Shin Jyutsu one of these days.)

Without fail, this squelches my anxiety quickly and reliably. Here’s what I do:

I hold my thumbs.

It’s that easy.

When I feel worried, I wrap my left thumb and fingers around my right thumb.

There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I just hold my right thumb in whatever way feels most comfortable. After a moment, I feel a “shift,” and my anxiety drains off.

Then I repeat the process with my left thumb.

Why’s it work? I’m not sure, but babies suck their thumbs for a reason, right?

I perform this thumb trick habitually before I go to sleep and as soon as I wake up.

It kinda keeps me sane and in balance, and it mixes well with all the tips Scott Alexander taught me earlier this year.

So next time you feel the stress coming on, grab your thumbs.

You’ll be surprised by the results.

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