Home > Medical > Stress > Stress News 07 May 2019 WATCH: Need a stress reliever? These teacup pigs take centre stage at a Tokyo café Visitors to Tokyo's more than 1 000 pet cafés say spending time with the animals is a good way to release stress. 0 There are 1 000 pet cafés in Japan. Visitors say the animals help relieve stress, and the cafes have become a more nearly R200bn industry.Image credit: iStock Related articles WATCH: Is living in a city bad for your health? An expert cautions on ‘city stress’ A renowned psychiatrist and stress researcher talks about the physical and psychological impact of city life - and looks at ways of finding peace and tranquility. Work stress, poor sleep, high blood pressure a deadly trio In a study of nearly workers with high blood pressure who were followed for almost 18 years, those who reported having both a stressful job and poor sleep were three times more likely to die from heart disease than those who slept well and didn't have a trying job, researchers have found. Get back to nature to put stress at bay - 60-90 minutes in the outdoors will do the trick For the greatest payoff, we should spend 20 to 30 minutes at least three times a week sitting or walking in a place that provides us with a sense of nature.