Ways to Reduce Stress
Some believe that some activities may work better for certain types of personality but not for all. However, Falun Dafa practice is so comprehensive that it encompasses the yang and the yin, the moving and the non-moving, standing and sitting, energizing and quieting. Thus, it is suitable for all types of personality.
Below are a few suggestions for ways to deal with stressful situations:
- Listen to Dafa music (“Pudu” and “Jishi”), as often as you can, especially before sleeping to ensure a good rest. Since lack of sleep (and poor quality rest) can also be a cause of stress, try to get out of this vicious cycle a.s.a.p. Turn the TV off earlier, dim the lights, and give yourself time to relax before going to bed. It may be the most effective stress buster on our list. “Pudu” and “Jishi” can be downloaded from FalunDafa.org, here: http://en.falundafa.org/falun-dafa-video-audio-sup.html.
- Do Dafa Meditation (e.g., Exercise 5 as described in chapter 4 of the book, Falun Gong). Find a quiet area where you will not be disturbed. While you can practice meditation at any time of the day, the evening hours can be very beneficial as they will prepare your body for rest. You can either sit in lotus position, half-lotus position, or simply cross your legs and sit up straight. Unlike other meditation techniques, Dafa meditation does not require concentrating on your breathing or taking slow, deep breaths.
- Do Dafa Exercises (e.g., Exercises 1-4 as described in chapter 4 of the book, Falun Gong). Psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout, although the effects may be temporary. Some studies show that ordinary exercise can work quickly to alleviate depression and elevate your mood. Dafa exercises can be even more beneficial. For more information, read the book, Falun Gong.
Most of the tips on this list provide immediate but temporary relief. Only lifestyle changes which incorporates these activities into your daily life can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood in the long run. While it can be tough to find the time to practice Dafa in a busy schedule, many of the techniques can be practiced while you’re doing other things. For example, you can listen to Dafa music while commuting to school or waiting for an appointment. Once you’ve learned the exercises, you can practice them anytime and anywhere (e.g., your home or in the park at lunchtime).