For those suffering from Mental Health illnesses, it is no secret that an active lifestyle has positive benefits not only makes changes to your physical health, but also helps with your mental health.
If you’re feeling low, whether it be from depression, anxiety or from Lockdown blues, there are ways for you to fight back! And, one of these ways is through martial arts training.
In fact, martial arts will help you get your body into a peak physical condition, but as you start your fitness journey and exercise, you’re not only working on your physical self, you are actually working on your mental strength. This is a physical activity, a fight of both your body and mind.
Here at Tiger Martial Arts Academy, we understand that no two people experience anxiety/depression, or any other form of mental health illness in the same way. For instance, getting into a stable habit of exercise and healthy eating might be all they need for one person, while others might need to explore additional areas such as therapy or medication.
However, Martial Arts training can only help your mental state! In some ways it can support your exercise and healthy eating challenge, but recovering from a mental health illness is really what you need to do, and by paying attention to martial arts – you’re going to be winning a fight!
When you get anxious, it can be difficult to focus on anything, such as work, relationships, training, etc. Your attention is fleeting, and that is probably difficult to get anything done.
When exercising, you are able to give yourself a focus with a set goal, whether that goal is to run a certain number of miles or complete a certain number of repetitions with weights, or learn a new something new such as kick-boxing.
Medical professionals claim that extensive activity can help reinforce the neural pathway. This will help you stay in the movement and will help you gradually gain a better perspective, regaining your concentration.
Let’s not forget that we’ve had an unforgettable year with heavy restrictions and rules put in place, all to keep us safe. However, all this can bring our stress levels to skyrocket. For instance, workers being furloughed, constantly thinking if they’ll have a job to go back to, feeling isolated by not being allowed to see family and friends.
With Martial Arts, it can help you with breathing and mediation exercises, such as training on your internal energy on top of working on your physical body. Taking part in this type of activity can reduce your stress immensely. External Stress can trigger anxiety attacks and can make depression worse, however, with martial arts, you can learn to relax so that you can better cope with mental illness.
How often do you think that you need an early night? If you’re sleep deprived, it can have a serious consequence on your mindset. If you are already suffering from anxiety or depression, a lack of sleep makes it a lot worse. In some cases, the depression or anxiety may cause your inability to sleep.
Most people find that they get a better night’s rest if they exercised during the day. When you train, you may also get a rush of energy that lasts hours. This makes you less sluggish and tired throughout the day. It also means you are less likely to take naps that may keep you up at night. When you’re getting enough sleep, you’re also fighting against depression and anxiety.
This something to take very seriously, whatever it comes to, such as natural remedies to fight anxiety and depression, one of the best routes you can take is through increasing your physical activity. The team at Tiger Martial Arts in Oxford will focus on the body and mind. It helps you to regain focus, to take control of your life and to benefit from the confidence and endorphin boost that physical activity gives you.
Martial arts and depression are topics that go hand-in-hand. You can use what you learn in martial arts training to fight back against your mental battle.
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