Anxiety is a state of uneasiness or worries, typically about an impending event, past trauma, or an uncertain outcome. It is a normal emotion that when triggered during a threatening situation or event is necessary for survival. Anxiety is the correlating feeling one gets when our fight-or-flight response arises in the face of danger.
However, severe anxiety that is out of proportion to the initial trigger is harmful to one’s health. The recurring and intrusive worry can interfere with daily function, cause increased blood pressure, nausea, and other harmful side-effects. It is important to control the level and duration of anxiety to safeguard your health and wellness.
The regular practice of martial arts is a great way to manage anxiety.
How Does Martial Arts Help with Anxiety?
Authentic Kung Fu training has always been about so much more than the physical practice. A discipline built on the mind and body connection – mental strength and perseverance have always been among the many benefits of martial arts training.
While discipline and self-control might be what you immediately think of, the mindfulness of martial arts practice itself forces you to be mentally present. That required presence prohibits the wandering of the mind. Anxiety can’t thrive in a mind that is focused on the here and now. A mind that is focused on precise posture, movements, and breathing.
Martial Arts classes also provide the physical outlet delivering several mental health benefits.
First, the act of aerobic exercise stimulates your body to produce endorphins. The feel-good hormone, endorphins lift your mood and energize you.
Secondly, the physical outlet of releasing the tension, stress, and anxiety of the day in a class where you can kick, punch, and scream in a safe and supportive environment is invaluable. After class, you’ll feel the day’s worries have weakened and your outlook will be clearer.
The mental strength and fortitude, the focus and mindfulness, and the regular release of endorphins achieved in martial arts class will spill over into the rest of your days and weeks improving your ability to manage anxiety as it presents itself. With time, your fight-or-flight response will require different, more appropriate triggers and your general anxiety will decrease.
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