Day 4 of your preparation for Blue Monday…

So here’s the deal:

Qigong + Nutrition + Exercise = Best You Ever

Over the last few days I’ve shared with you my thoughts on Nutrition and Exercise. Based on what I’ve found has worked for me.

Today I’d like to explain why, when it comes to overcoming:

  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Low self esteem
  • And increasing resistance to stress

Practicing Qigong is the best thing since sliced bread.

What I’m about to reveal to you is vital for understanding why Qigong is such a powerful tool when it comes to protecting and improving your mental health.

It all boils down to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concept of Solid and Empty illnesses.

In a nutshell:

  • Solid Illness – The cause and/or symptoms are clear and we can define the site of the illness. E.g. physical cuts and breaks, contagious diseases, bacterial attack etc.
  • Empty Illness – This is where the cause of or the symptoms of the illness are not clear and where we cannot define the site of the illness. E.g. symptoms of depression can differ from person to person, where is anxiety located? And so on.

Please don’t take the terms ‘solid’ and ’empty’ literally, they’re just terms used in TCM.

Simply realise that when it comes to solid illnesses western medicine is the daddy.

But when it comes to effectively treating empty illnesses it’s pretty lame to be honest.


There are five principals which explain why Qigong is so much more effective for overcoming empty illnesses like depression, anxiety, worry, fear and so on without any of the nasty side effects many of the psychotropic drugs prescribed to treat such illnesses have been known to cause.

And remember medicating the symptoms is not the same as solving the problem.

You’ll find these five principals on page 25 of my book Smiling From The Heart.

But to sum up it’s because of the way Qigong treats the mind-body connection.

Why is this so important?

It’s due to TCM’s view that the body is alive because of the mind (shen) and that the mind operates through the body.

In TCM the Heart is considered to be the home of the mind and Qigong is a powerful tool for working with the Heart/mind/shen.

Look. if you feel that you’re currently suffering from an empty illness I highly recommend that you invest in a copy of Smiling From The Heart.

Not just because I wrote it, but because it contains 29 simple Qigong healing techniques and non-Qigong tools specifically selected for their effectiveness at overcoming such illnesses.

You can get a digital copy here:

Oh and of course, it goes without saying that if you’re taking any prescribed medication, keep taking it and if necessary talk with your doctor about practicing Qigong.

Kindest regards


P.S. If you’re practicing Qigong and your main objective is to overcome depression, I recommend that you practice in a group setting. Even if you’re just practicing Qigong form. You see, Qigong can be quite an ‘insular’ experience and that’s not really of great value if you’re already feeling insular due to depression.