Keeping Spirits Up

When I teach Qigong, I often remind people of the damage uncontrolled emotions can do to your health. Sadness, grief, sorrow, and pessimism can damage the lungs, the heart, the immune system, and your spirit, which is so necessary to your wellbeing. Right now with the isolation caused by the Covid pandemic, the turmoil in American politics (for us Americans and perhaps others), and who knows what happening to us individually, how can we avoid depressing feelings and erosion of spirit? We need to actively look for reasons to be happy and optimistic.

You know that research shows that people who have strong support networks of other persons who care about them and who keep physically active and get out in nature do better in staying well and living longer. Research also shows that people who have pets also do better. Pets, especially dogs, can get you to go outside and be physically active. Finding reasons to laugh is also good for your health and spirit. Norman Cousins wrote about how his recovered his health by watching comedy. (See this link on Norman Cousins.) The goofy antics of pets can also make you laugh and feel better.

Just a few suggestions for these troubled times.

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.
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