How Learning Self Defence Can Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
There are many benefits of learning self defence. While it is primarily associated with improving physical health, what is often disregarded is its incredible influence over your mental wellbeing, which is just as important. Learning self defence can work wonders in managing stress levels, discipline and social anxieties for people of all ages and skill levels; it’s an inspiring, healthy and incredibly effective way of improving your overall mental wellbeing. Let’s take a look at some of the mental health benefits of learning self defence disciplines like Krav Maga.
No matter what your level of competency, learning self defence can improve your mental wellbeing in nummerable ways, from improving discipline and focus to managing stress levels and social anxieties that may shadow everyday life
Improving Your Discipline
Self defence and martial arts are ingrained in physical empowerment, but also mental discipline and control. The human body is a holistic network of impulses which are highly interactive, and martial arts teaches you to focus your mind and body in order to control your actions. These techniques are interchangeable with everyday life situations, and not only those which require self defence. Discipline can manifest itself in many different situations, be it controlling your anger at work, or focusing your mind when trying to study. The skills learned in self defence are highly beneficial in controlling emotions and impulses which impact everyday life, and reflect greatly in your overall mental wellbeing.
Managing Stress Levels with Self Defence
Stress is often associated with with a build up of adrenaline and cortisol from daily activities which, when not managed or relieved in an effective way, can have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. Exerting yourself through punching or kicking exercise bags or fitness programs like TACFIT can be highly beneficial in relieving stress levels which may be impeding on your mental health. Learning self defence can also improve stress management for taking things on one at a time, completing a task and moving on to the next, leaving you feeling clear of mind and focused.
Dealing with Social Anxieties and Confidence
There is absolutely no denying that social anxieties, confidence and mental wellbeing are entwined with your physical state. Martial arts programs like Krav Maga, and fitness programs like TACFIT, focus on improving your physical wellbeing and competency which leave you feeling better about yourself. Gaining these new skills, getting fitter and stronger and doing so in an inclusive team environment all have extremely positive benefits for confidence and mental health.
Competency in the art of self defence is also highly beneficial in dealing with anxieties stemmed from fear of personal safety. Bullying in schools or the workplace is ubiquitous in modern society, and sexual and physical assault statistics show they are both tangible factors that are commonplace in the lives of everyday Australians. Learning self defence can have substantial, positive impacts on anxieties over fear of assault or bullying, and in turn greatly improve mental wellbeing.
Fitness and Your Mood
It’s a no-brainer that being fit and healthy will have positive impacts on your mental state, but the relationship between exercise and mental health is complex and multi-faceted. Where poor mental health can lead to low motivation and activity levels, there is also a reversed effect where greater activity leads to higher motivation levels and improved mental health. Exercising also helps you sleep better (a major factor in mental health), improves self-control and self-esteem as mentioned before, has an impact on chemicals in the brain like serotonin and endorphins, and provides a brilliant distraction from negative thoughts or factors of everyday life.
Self defence is an ambidextrous beast when in comes to tackling mental health issues in life and learning disciplines like Krav Maga can have limitless influence over your mental wellbeing, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a competitive athlete.
Training with a certified Krav Maga instructor is critical to learning correct technique and tactics for peace of mind. If you’d like to train to be Fit, Strong and Ready in Life and the Workplace, Urban Kombat founder Garth Montgomery is a globally certified instructor with Krav Maga Core International.
Book into a Krav Maga Induction class, or call Garth on 0408 864 851.