LettersHelp Hong Kong breathe its way out of Covid-19 blues
It is important that value-based programmes are integrated with academic education, based on universal and sound moral principles founded on critical thinking. Only with the practice of values in daily living can one become virtuous and thereby build enhanced morals and a mentally calm, stable society.
Therefore, by responding in life with virtuosity as a natural aspect of one’s character, one can address all psychological issues positively.
Research suggests many diseases that manifest are of psychosomatic origins. All mental restlessness and emotional turbulence are reflected in our breathing patterns. It has been observed that people in distress resort to chest breathing, mouth breathing and erratic breathing, which can lead to ailments or exacerbate existing conditions.
For example, when one is angry the breath becomes short and forceful, when anxious it becomes shallow and rapid, and in grief it becomes arrhythmic and gasping, while in depression breath takes the form of repetitive sighing. All these affect the intake of oxygen needed for proper respiratory function of the lungs and the body.
Implementing this simple value of proper breathing techniques in all institutions can produce rewarding and gratifying results for our resilient Hong Kong society.
Dayal N Harjani, Ho Man Tin