Stress is a normal, healthy reaction that helps our bodies adapt to change and new situations. However, when stress builds up over time and becomes overwhelming, then it negatively impacts our physical and mental health.
So, how can you manage stress and avoid the overwhelming build-up? Well, some methods are more productive than others. Physical activity, like martial arts, is one way that you can effectively manage your stress.
Here are a few ways that you can manage stress through martial arts:
1. Shift your focus.
At the beginning of a martial arts class or training session, it’s a challenge to let your non-martial arts thoughts go. A replay of your entire day might even play on a loop during class. Rather than allowing the stress of the day to become a part of your training, practice shifting your focus to the present moment. When your primary focus is your movements and your breathing, then your to-do list will fade into the background. Staying focused on the present is a mindfulness practice that is effective in managing your stress. The more you stay in the moment, the less stress you’ll experience.
2. Improved sleep habits.
Your stress level, sleep habits, and physical activity are interconnected. One of the simplest ways you can manage stress is by getting enough sleep each night. You improve your chance of getting a good night’s sleep by getting regular exercise. Staying committed to your martial arts practice will ensure that you’re getting that regular physical activity. Daily activity translates to better quality sleep, and ultimately you’ll improve your ability to deal with stress.
3. Awareness of thoughts.
A martial arts practice leads to the development of valuable skills like self-confidence, discipline, and awareness. A martial arts practice can help you not only become more aware of your thoughts but also how to stay in control of them. The structure and repetitive nature of a martial arts practice helps you focus and discipline your mind. With more focus and discipline, you’re more likely to be in control of your body and your mind. You can then take these skills beyond your martial arts classes to your daily life.
Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge offers a variety of martial arts programs and classes. To learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today.