Mental Rest

If you lead a busy life with work, family, socializing, sports, etc, it is important that you allocate time each day for mental rest and relaxation.

By this I don't mean getting enough sleep - that goes without saying. I mean you need to spend time resting your mind and giving it a break from all of the constant "stuff" that goes on in your head like thinking about things, worrying about things, etc.

A constantly overactive mind uses up a lot of energy which can lead to tiredness and fogginess and stop you from functioning at your best.

Breathing exercises, meditation and taiqi are good ways to help you calm your mind and give it the rest it needs each day. Sleep rests your mind too but many people don't sleep well. Maybe they think too much in bed or dream too much and they wake up feeling unrested.

Daily practice of a mental relaxation method such as those mentioned above can help you in so many ways: better sleep, better emotional balance, clearer thinking, more energy and more.

Some methods like taiqi require a teacher to learn them properly but basic breathing exercises can be learned from a book or website. On my site there are some simple yet highly effective breathing exercises for mental relaxation and other benefits.

Any questions let me know.


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Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in private practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He’s been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.


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