Having balance in life means, creating a lifestyle where you have an uninterrupted focus on developing good habits in every element of your life to keep them in harmony. The elements of your life include— your career, physical health, mental health, time, and relationship. Living with peace and harmony brings happiness and satisfies our inner self. That’s why we all crave for a balanced life.
With this never-ending rate race, it feels like slowly we’re losing ourselves from the harmony of life. Surely, It develops frustration, setting aside us from well-being and efficiency. So, we search for ways to get back control of our life. If you’re someone who’s searching for effortless proven ways to a balanced life, this article is definitely for you.
While struggling with any issue what do you normally do? How do you tackle this issue and find a solution for it? You might seek advice from people who successfully tackled the problem you’re facing. That’s why I searched for people who are really successful at managing their lifestyle in complete harmony. And guess what, I found out an entire nation! JAPAN! From this nation, anyone can adopt a lot of good habits.
7 Japanese Habits You Should Follow
Japan is well-known for its unique traditions and culture that make them different from all. Japanese culture and traditions mainly focus on living a life with meaning. As a result, they practice habits that improve the entire living manner of life.
Most of the Japanese kindness, cleanliness, and organized lifestyle is amazing and influencing. Western countries like ours can learn and follow those habits to live the life fullest. Here, I have prepared the 7 most amazing habits of Japanese that anyone can adopt to improve their lifestyle.
1. Discover your Ikigai
Iki means to live and gai means the reason. The actual meaning of Ikigai (生き甲斐) is having a purpose or reason in life. Millions of Japanese believe in a reason which leads them to get up every morning with a purpose.
The aim of ikigai is to find out your full potential that effortlessly increases your self-esteem and makes things so pleasurable that you won’t feel stressed out after working hard for things. Moreover, this practice ensures the happiness and longevity of a person. That’s why japan is the 58th happiest country in this world and the average life of its people is 83.7.
The concept of Ikigai is having a mindset that is the union of the 4 most important elements of life— Passion, profession, mission, and vocation. We often start running towards our life without thinking about these elements. To gain success we compromise with anything that seems an obstacle to the way of success. In Japan, people discover their mission, passion, vocation, and profession answering 4 essential questions.
From this diagram, it’s easier to understand that your passion is the answer to what you love and what you are good at. You should choose your profession depending on your expertise in a skill, for that expertise you might get paid. The intersection of what the world needs and What you can be paid for should be your vocation of life. And your mission is the union of what this world needs and what you love to do. Simple right?
2. Follow Rules Strictly
Ultimate balance in life requires strict discipline. Things will be easier for you when you follow rules and respect laws. As it’s your responsibility to follow those rules also these are beneficial for your personal growth too. In this time of globalization, an impressive attitude and respect towards any country’s law will make your character more lucrative than others.
If you ever get the chance to travel on any train in Japan, surprisingly you would see no chaos there. Japanese are famous for following rules and etiquettes strictly. You would never see anyone breaking lines or doing illegal things. That’s why the crime rate or violence rate there is lower than America where japan’s population rate is higher than the US.
3. Keep This Planet Clean
Although this is a social responsibility to keep your area clean and trash free, often you are too busy to clean your own room for weeks. This is a serious matter of concern in the US where landfills are almost filled up with your solid wastes. Cleaning your house or yard just does not transform the look of your house or area, it reduces the percentage of diseases from spreading.
Similarly, when you throw the garbage in a closed bin and try to keep the roads clean. This little contribution of yours just not prevents clogged gutters, it’s saving animals from getting hurt by hazardous waste you throw, roads from pollution and on a large scale helping this environment.
If you want to keep balance in your life it’s necessary to take responsibility on your own. You can start it from your home or maybe contribute with your neighbors. In Japan, people just do not keep their houses trash free, they help their neighbors in their free time.
Also, the way Japan’s roads look as if no one ever crosses the road after sweeping it.
It’s because Japanese people use trash bins a lot and they never eat while walking. There you’ll see different categories of trash bins— one for reusable trash, another for recycling, another you might see for compostable garbage.
I personally like this idea of sorting wastes and the tendency to recycle or reuse things which are really beneficial for people, animals, and this environment. They have a word to promote this practice among generations, “mottainai (もったいない)” that means— “don’t waste anything worthy”. Years of this practice made the Japanese disciplined as a person and the pollution rate of Japan is now very low (Highest pollution rate in Tokyo 42.25 ).
4. Time management is key
Time management is one of the best keys to a balanced life. Effective management of it ensures you’re accomplishing more in a few time. It enhances your focus, efficiency, and most importantly keeps balance in work-life. I agree it’s tough to effortlessly manage time. But the world knows Japanese because of their punctuality. How do they manage to reach everywhere on time? And manages time effortlessly? Well, bellow is a list of few habits that you can adapt from every single Japanese what balance their work and life both,
- Try to reach places in the scheduled time. That means try to reach the desired destination 10-15mins earlier or submit your official works in time.
- Follow time management techniques to schedule it effectively. For more insightful knowledge you can read this- Time Management for Teenager:7 Techniques That Actually Work
- Never procrastinate tasks.
5. Maintain Hygiene to Live Longer
In this COVID-19 days every single day, we are experiencing horrible stories around us and realizing how crucial is personal hygiene! When we are fighting with this invisible virus and maintaining lockdowns japan slopes down the new cases and death rate without going under lockdown. According to the Report of august,2020 WHO listed Japan as the country with the lowest rate of new cases.
During this pandemic people started wearing masks, washing hands frequently. But, the Japanese were practicing this for always. It’s rude to Japanese if you’re not wearing a mask when you’re sick.
It’s their tradition to wash hands before entering shrines and keep shoes outside the home. From there luxurious toilet seats to bathing rooms everywhere hi-tech atm booths that clean money the sense of hygiene in japan helping them fight fatal diseases and pandemics. So, it’s really important to maintain personal hygiene to live longer and disease-free.
6. Food Habits for a Healthy Life
The japanese diet is considerate as one of the healthiest in the world. In their food they consume less sugar, fat and eat mostly steamed food that’s why the obesity rate is very low in japan. And as I mentioned japanese people live long with younger skin.
The japanese make most of their meals with fish, rice, tofu, veggies, seaweed and green tea. Japan is surrounded by two oceans. That’s why sea fishes are the protein source for japanese. They avoid red meat and drink more soups with fresh veggies. As a consequence, less seasoning or oil they use to prepare meals.
The staple food of Japanese is rice. They eat steamed rice. But they prepare very small amounts for every dish and believe in 80% fullness so that the stomach is always ready for a second meal. Japanese are fond of tea. Especially, they drink matcha green tea or vegetable soups which are rich in antioxidants.
Moreover, they are actually taking every meal full of nutrients which everyone should practice to achieve a healthy body, mind and skin.
7. Change Your Behavior with Confucianism
We all know how kind and polite Japanese are. Religion, tradition, and culture also have an influence on Japanese behavior. But the main reason behind Japanese impressive behavior is Confucianism. The philosophy behind Confucianism reflects on the behavior of Japanese people, as most of them follow it. The core of Confucianism is based on 3 elements,
- Social Engagement
- Fulfillment of Responsibility
The most important part of Confucianism is “Ren” which the Japanese always try to maintain. Ren means to show love, kindness, and humanity to others. The purpose of this philosophy makes emotional bonds with people to create harmony. Social engagement, politeness, and caring people just do not build a strong relationship, it is important for your mental well-being too.
Wrapping up Japanese Lifestyle to Have a Balance in Life
From this article, it’s clear that the secret of Japanese people’s success is not complicated, even they are just focusing on basic things that we often ignore. Therefore, It’s not hard to keep a good balance in life. You just need to have focus and willpower towards life. Embracing good habits is really an easier and effective way to achieve the life we cherish. So, why don’t you start practicing today?