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Health authorities suggest meditation every day

By Jiang Wei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-05-16 16:19
A woman meditates as she takes part in a meditation competition in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province, on Aug 22, 2015. [Photo/IC]

China's health authorities are advising people to meditate for five minutes a day with the recent launch of a health knowledge promotion project.

The project has been jointly initiated by the disease prevention and control and promotion centers under the National Health Commission, China Health Education Center and All-China Journalists Association.

They advise a "5125" healthy living concept, suggesting people meditate five minutes every day, do physical exercise for one hour every day, master one sport, join one exercise community, take in at least 12 types of food every day and 25 types of food every week.

Meditation is the easiest way for people to reduce pressure, and psychological experts say that thinking of nothing is a mental adjustment for people, which is good for health as it can reduce the risk of anxiety and depression by 25 percent, according to Workers' Daily.

If people can't manage their emotions effectively under high pressure, it will harm their family life, work and social life, experts say.

The suggestion sparked reaction from netizens, with Sina Weibo user Happy little witch123 asking, "Is it ok if I accumulate the daily five minutes and meditate a hour on one day?" A WeChat user named yuenyuen said, "I'm not bragging but I can meditate for a whole day."

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