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Individual Stress Prevention through Qigong

Faculty of Psychology, Open University of the Netherlands, 6419 AT Heerlen, The Netherlands
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7342; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197342
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 29 September 2020 / Accepted: 5 October 2020 / Published: 8 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Prevention Better than Cure for Long Term Conditions?)
Owing to work intensification and an accelerated pace of life in general, individuals in many Western countries are often overactivated and find it difficult to switch off. However, recovery from physiological and mental activation is critical to prevent stress symptoms and maintain one’s physiological and mental well-being. Extensive research evidence indicates that Qigong, a traditional Chinese movement practice for promoting health, provides an effective means to recover from work and off-work demands. The main objective of this paper is to offer a comprehensive, narrative review of the effects of Qigong and its core components. Attention is first paid to the outcomes of work and off-work demands and stress, and the role of recovery for individuals’ well-being. Then, Qigong and its components are explained, followed by the results of scientific research. Finally, limitations and implications for research and practiced are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress prevention; recovery; well-being; Qigong; meditative movement stress prevention; recovery; well-being; Qigong; meditative movement
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van Dam, K. Individual Stress Prevention through Qigong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197342

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van Dam K. Individual Stress Prevention through Qigong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197342

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van Dam, Karen. 2020. "Individual Stress Prevention through Qigong" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7342. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197342

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