Wellbeing (at work)…….just Stand Like A Tree!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Dragon Nation, Wellbeing

Wellbeing at work, just Stand Like A Tree

Wellbeing at work……just Stand Like A Tree!
Stress and anxiety is a worldwide and an age-old problem. All human beings and all cultures face stress induced by work, study, media pressure,  job instability, family responsibilities, conflicts, financial strain and health problems.

We have seen some incredible advancements in modern times. As a society, we have accomplished extraordinary feats in the name of technology and progress.

But as we collectively ‘hunch’ over computers for long periods of time, sit under artificial lights, worry over deadlines, stress about the family, and over-stimulate our nervous systems with coffee and unnatural foods… We seem to be forgoing our health, strength and peace of mind in the name of progress!

Modern man (and woman) are living with moderate or high levels of stress.

A certain amount of life stress may be beneficial, but intense or prolonged stress can be harmful and make people feel overwhelmed. The most common reaction to stress is anxiety, and unmanaged stress has a detrimental effect on physical and mental health. It may reduce immune function and result in a range of health problems, such as depression, fatigue, insomnia, headache, stomach ache, problematic eating, hypertension, cardiovascular disease etc.

Highlighted statistics from the report by The American Institute of Stress [1] found:

_80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their co workers need such help;

_14% of respondents had felt like striking a co worker in the past year, but didn’t;

_25% have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress, 10% are concerned about an individual at work they fear could become violent;

_9% are aware of an assault or violent act in their workplace and 18% had experienced some sort of threat or verbal intimidation in the past year

Wellbeing at work, just Stand Like A Tree

The UK’s Stress Management Society reports that workplace pressure is the single biggest cause of sickness in the country. A 2010 study into the working life and health of 6,000 British civil servants, found those who worked three or four house of overtime a day increased their risk of developing heart disease by 60 percent. [2]

In contemporary Western cultures, which has become the dominant model for much of the world, anxiety is often seen as a condition that can be treated partly through therapy and partly through medication. This is a relatively new way of trying to deal with anxiety.

Laozi described it in the Tao Te Ching:
Hesitant, like crossing a river in winter
Cautious, like fearing four neighbours.

In the older, classic Chinese model of health care, anxiety is seen to be part of a person’s overall energetic pattern. Thus, the wellbeing of the whole person is what is studied and strengthened.

In recent years, people have increasingly been using mind-body exercises (such as qigong, tai chi, and yoga) as complementary and alternative therapies to manage psychological stress or anxiety.

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
Supposing it didn’t, said Pooh after careful thought. Piglet was comforted by this.
Winnie the Pooh

Wellbeing at work, just Stand Like A Tree

Zhan Zhuang qigong offers anyone who suffers from stress or anxiety a step by step way to transform their agitated energy into a resilient inner strength. The basic components of this particular qigong, is standing still in various postures, with an emphasis on concentration, relaxation, breathing, body posture, and movement.

According to the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, qigong exercise aims to achieve a harmonious flow of vital energy (qi) and regulate the functional activities of the body through regulated breathing, mindful concentration.

With regular practice, practitioners can experience mood stabilisation and improved strength and fitness. Qigong is an easily adaptable form of mind-body exercise that can be practiced any place and any time, without any special equipment. It is widely practiced not just to improve physical health, but also to manage stress and improve psychological well-being. [3]

So take action, rediscover your vitality and find renewed strength in the living art of Zhan Zhuang.

1. Workplace Stress. The American Institute of Stress

2. Overtime work and incident coronary heart disease: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study.

3. The Qigong Workbook for Anxiety Master Kam Chuen Lam
Harbinger Publications


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