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Making one simple healthy change in our daily routine can have a powerful positive effect.
When you feel depressed, changes need to be bite-sized because energy and motivation are low. Thirty to 120 seconds of effort would be about right. That is why the qigong exercise called "Lifting the Sky" might be the perfect addition to your day.
Qigong is a preventive and self-healing dimension of Chinese medicine. It is both the art and science of using breathing techniques, meditation and gentle movement to cleanse, circulate and strengthen our body’s “qi,” or energy. Practicing qigong helps people to maintain vitality and live with tranquility.
The qigong technique of Lifting the Sky is an excellent antidote to a depressive mood and only requires that you spend two-minutes worth of energy per day. If two minutes is too much, start with 30 seconds, or about three repetitions. The rewards are worth it.
Breathe in through your nose as you:
Breathe gently out through your mouth as you:
There should be no more than a slight pause between the four steps. Do this everyday for 30 days and see if it makes a difference for you.
Source: Flowing Zen
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