Using Qigong For Stress Relief2survive
When dealing with cancer or any craziness in life, we can experience immeasurable amounts of stress. When we have cancer, the bills don’t stop, they add up. Family stresses don’t subside, and they can sometimes get worse. I want to tell you about using Qigong for stress relief.
You know the feeling. It’s like a crowded bar in your head—lots of noise, smoke and oh look there is someone doing shots. Okay, that part was a joke, but you get the point.
What Stress Can do to You
Stress puts your brain in 7th gear and also makes your body produce stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine. Living in a constant state of stress can cause lots of health problems such as depletion of energy storage, stress-induced hypertension, impacts to the metabolic process, ulcers, sleeping problems and the list continues.
So, if you are stressed from your cancer treatment and/or life, what will you do to alleviate the symptoms of stress?—To get out of that smoky, noisy bar, reset and get to a neutral and peaceful place? (By this time you are probably thinking with my bar analogy that I drink to forget my problems!)
Using Qigong for Stress Relief
Well, what I want to suggest is something that has helped me stay fit, lower stress levels and improved my health. It’s using Qigong for stress relief.
Qigong (chi kung, or chi gung) is not high-impact, doesn’t require weights, the gym or even workout clothes.
What is Qigong?
So what is this Qigong all about? Well the true definition is it’s a practice of cultivating and aligning the chi or “life force” and there are several different practices.
However, I want to tell you about the style I practice. Let me put it in plain English for you. It’s exercise along with controlled breathing that helps a person to relax, tone up, meditate, build balance and coordination and alleviate stress. In one word, it’s awesome!
Qigong forms can be seen in martial arts forms such as T’ai chi ch’uan, Baguazhang, and Xing yi. Qigong is rather easy to learn, is safe and again great for those who are using Qigong for stress relief.
I do my Qigong exercises every day. I have even been able to use Qigong as my exercise while recovering from medical traumas and procedures. It’s helped me to maintain my muscle weight, increase my balance and coordination and of course become more settled.
How Can You Learn Qigong?
If you are interested in learning Qigong, it is something that can be done at home. And I highly suggest you picking up a DVD and learning on your own if you can’t find or afford an instructor. You’ll be glad you did.