Stress is an inescapable part of life. And how your body responds to stress is a normal reaction that’s designed to protect you from harm. The problem with stress is when it becomes chronic, unmanageable, and overwhelming. There are many effective (and not so effective) ways to deal with stress, including physical activity.
Physical activity, including a martial arts practice, is an excellent way to manage stress in your life. Here are a few ways that Jiu-Jitsu provides some stress relief:
1. Physical activity releases endorphins.
All physical activity, not just martial arts or Jiu-Jitsu, causes a release of feel-good endorphins. These feel-good chemicals, when released into your body, help you feel better. The effect doesn’t last forever, but participating in martial arts regularly will help you maintain the benefits.
2. Jiu-Jitsu training shifts your focus.
Chronic stress can be caused by the jumble of thoughts you have running through your mind. Stepping on to the mat helps you shift your focus away from these thoughts. Training brings you into the present moment where you’re focused on your skills and how to apply them.
3. Reminds you to focus on the process.
A martial arts practice helps you learn how to value patience. Rather than focusing only on your ultimate goal or outcome, it’s all about the process. And in Jiu-Jitsu, the learning process is a marathon, not a sprint. Success and accomplishments won’t come easily or overnight. But if you’re willing to stick with your training, then you’ll continue getting better each day. This lesson applies to other areas of your life, as well. Being patient off the mats can help you manage stress.
4. Get support from a strong community.
When you’re stressed out, sometimes the thing you need more than anything else is support. The Jiu-Jitsu community is there to support you every step of the way. Just knowing you’re a part of something positive and encouraging can help you manage whatever life happens to throw at you.
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