- Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha
Scream at the top of my lungs
Admit it: Sometimes, you just want to scream.
We all have days like that, when the dog’s made a mess on the floor you just cleaned, or your friend canceled a lunch at the last minute that you’d rearranged your whole schedule to attend. Chances are, you just grind your teeth and bear it.
But according to ancient Chinese wisdom, you’d be better off letting out a loud scream. In fact, it’s good for your health.
“Chinese people have passed on the practice from generation to generation as a part of traditional medicine,” Mrs He, a 60-year-old woman from Hangzhou, told CNN. “My parents taught me. It’s a part of our folk culture.”
Mrs He is part of a group of yelling enthusiasts. Each morning, she and some of her friends climb to the top of a hill, and let out some loud shouts before starting their daily exercise regime. The yelling is good exercise for their lungs, they believe—plus, it’s just plain fun.
“Sometimes I yell out and others yell back,” says Mrs Gu, another yeller. “It makes you happy. You laugh and then you’re in a good mood.”
Dr Peter Calafiura, an American psychiatrist, agrees that yelling can have a positive mental influence. “[Yelling] might trigger some endorphins, a natural high,” he says. “They might feel calm and it might even be a little addictive.
Some Methods To Practice Screaming
If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!
Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.
After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you.