Mindfulness helps you stay in control of your emotions, manage stress, and even reduce anxiety. So how do you work on developing this skill?
When people talk about developing mindfulness, meditation is usually the method of choice. And a meditation practice can indeed help you become more mindful. But it’s not the only way. In fact, your Jiu-Jitsu training is a great way to improve this mental skill.
When you step onto the mats, being able to control your emotions and manage your stress level can help your training. By developing this skill through your martial arts practice, you’ll begin to experience the benefits in your daily life, as well.
Here are a few ways your Jiu-Jitsu training helps you develop mindfulness:
1. Focusing on the Present
Training Jiu-Jitsu helps you narrow your focus to pay attention to the present moment. Staying dialed in on the present means you’re not thinking about what happened to you earlier in the day or all the things you need to do when you leave the mats. All that matters is what is happening in the current moment.
2. Being Aware of Your Thoughts
Being able to stay in the present requires you to become more aware of your thoughts. How do you talk to yourself while you’re training? Are you critical and judgmental? Or are you calm and productive? As you become more aware of your thoughts while training, you can reframe anything negative so that your inner dialogue facilitates learning and improvement.
3. Building Physical Awareness
Jiu-Jitsu also helps you develop physical awareness of your body and movements. This awareness leads to a better understanding of your physical strengths and weaknesses. It also allows you to pay more attention to your breathing, making it more likely to recognize when you’re holding your breath. It can also help you deal with any stress or pressure you feel while training and leads to keeping your emotions in check and under control.
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