Fighting anxiety and depression with martial arts

It is no secret that an active lifestyle has positive benefits to your physical health. Experts also say that getting a good workout can help your mental health. Coronavirus novel has add with increased stressors such as job loss and financial insecurity, as well as the isolation, the risk of depression and anxiety is even more prevalence.

If you’re feeling low, whether it be from depression, anxiety or general stress and a bad mood, there are ways that you can fight back!

According to specialist everyone needs social interaction to stay mentally strong.

How Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Diego – Rancho Bernardo can help you on that?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may be a physical related art, but it goes beyond that. The focus is also on the mind, which many people who suffer from anxiety have issues controlling. With anxiety disorders, a common symptom is having racing thoughts, or anxious thoughts, especially about the future. It can be difficult to relax and feel stress-free with so much going on in your mind.

With Jiu Jitsu, one of their practices is to train your mind to focus on the present rather than the future. You are told to empty out your thoughts completely to have better control. At the same time, your focus is zeroed in completely on your “opponent” so you can think about other things. The redirection is very much needed for those who can’t seem to keep gain control on their thoughts. Having this sort of stability is very beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and in many cases can be the first step to healing.

Survive Under Pressure:

One of the most prominent ways jiu-jitsu assists in helping us stay mentally healthy, is in the way it teaches us to survive under pressure.

Those who suffer from any form of anxiety disorder live in a constant state of pressure when trying to balance their personal lives and anxiety. It is stressful, and for many, it can be debilitating, especially with no understanding of how to control or escape it. Jiu Jitsu provides the tools their students need to survive and strive when put under pressure. When they are placed against an opponent or possible threat, they are taught what it takes in order to escape successfully. Victims of anxiety can apply these same lessons to their own symptoms to learn how to better cope. When they no longer feel the same stress level or learn how to better control it, their lives may become much easier.

Physical activity Helps increase your endorphin levels so it’s a great stress relief!

Unfortunately, there are some who suffer from anxiety for several years. When this happens, especially if it goes untreated, your anxiety symptoms can stretch out to link to other disorders such as depression. When this happens, it can be hard to feel any relief or joy. There are “happy neurons” in your brain that are triggered in various ways, one including physical activity. Jiu Jitsu provides the physical activity one needs to release these “happy neurons,” also known as endorphins, to make you feel contented again. It may not be an instant fix, but over time, you should start to see and maybe even feel an improvement in your behavior. When you start to feel better, your other symptoms could gradually fade away.

Participating in any of Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Diego classes offers a lot of benefits for children and Adults. More than help with Anxiety and Depression It can also improve cardiovascular health, strength, body composition, and overall fitness Exercise​ even has immune system benefits. Plus, socializing with friends and coaches, and returning to a more structured routine, can boost ​your mental health.  Contact Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now to schedule your Free trial class and experience the benefits of this martial art.