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Can Playing Kendama Reduce Stress?

November 29, 2021

Can Playing Kendama Reduce Stress?

Although trying to land a new trick can be frustrating from time to time, playing kendama employs many sensory parts of your body that can be seen as meditative. Consistently playing kendama requires, focus, balance, and a deep level of patience in order to hone your skills. When it comes to reducing stress however, the right kind of mindset going into it is also required. 

It's Not All About Spikes 

If you decide to use kendama to reduce your personal stress levels, you must keep in mind that you are not playing to land trick after trick. Instead, you need to think of it as a routine. The point here is to think of kendama as a tool for your body and mind. Whether you go to your local park and just moshikame back and forth, or just perform your usual string trick flow over and over again, you are using kendama to satisfy your mind. So don't get caught up in how spikes you land, or whether or not your hitting big trick after big trick. You're just playing to play. Playing with anything has the ability to release endorphins in your brain, which are the natural feel good chemicals your brain produces. 

Don't Record Yourself 

A big thing kendama players stress themselves out with is thinking that they constantly need to record video of themselves landing impressive tricks. This in itself can create high levels of stress since you feel the need to show off to other players online and keep up with your social media. Studies shave shown that people feel massive amounts of stress when they feel the need to maintain their social media presence. Not only that, but unsolicited negative comments and direct messages about your video clip can amplify your levels of stress. 

Practice Patience 

Patience is a skill all by itself. And it is not an easy one to practice in todays hustle and bustle environment. However, when mastered, patience can be the ultimate tool as a kendama player, and just as a person in your everyday life. Lack of patience can increase anger, frustration, and irritability. And as kendama players, we can identify with these thoughts and feelings when we feel like we are not making any progress. So when playing kendama to reduce your stress levels, we must expect to not make any progress, and just go with the flow and enjoy playing just for well... playing's sake. 

 One of the many beautiful things about kendama is its ability to bring us happiness, satisfaction, and fun. It doesn't have to be a competitive or frustrating activity that we have to keep up with on social media. You don't have to plug it in, turn it on, and worry about a battery dying. It's there for you to simply enjoy, it all just depends on how you configure your mindset to think so.