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We’ve all been there. It’s late at night, and you’re still struggling to calm your mind enough to get some sleep. As you watch the clock tick away, you find yourself wondering what you could be doing to help the process along.

Ties between mind and body are no secret and have been studied for years. What is good for one tends to be good for the other. A solid workout leaves the body and mind invigorated, and helps to find a balance between the two.

Movement is Medicine

Healthline defines grounding as a way to take a step back from the negative – emotions,  memories, or any unwanted negative thoughts. This includes anxiety, depression, and temptations leaning towards a self-destructive end.

There are both mental and physical ways of training yourself, and martial arts can play a significant role in both. The simple act of moving your body can help to create that essential barrier between having a monkey mind or a concentrated one with singleness of mind.

Send the Anxiety Away

This year has brought with it a significant decline in overall mental health worldwide. Mental Health America found that between 2019 and now, there has been a 93 percent spike in anxiety in those who were screened for it. That fails to take into account those that aren’t seeking help for their anxiety, or other mental health concerns. 

There are many experts out there who have spent time talking about the positive connections between mental health and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is firmly held that the focus learned through Jiu-Jitsu brings with it a decrease in stress. Jiu-Jitsu is very closely related to life challenges. A practitioner can see the connections everywhere.

The ability to cope with stress and anxiety is vital to every person, and finding the right form of escape should help you on this path. Everyone needs an exit strategy or the unwholesome stressors will fester. Thoughts become speech and actions. Speech and actions become habits. Habits become personality. Personality becomes your destiny. If a person does not have an exit strategy for stress, you can bet it will come out of their mouth or through an unwholesome action.

Disciplining the Mind and Body

Taking on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not an easy task. It tries both the mind and body. And it isn’t just about the major successes either. There are small victories to be had, in learning martial arts. The victory of getting geared up and showing up for class. The victory of listening to your instructor. The victory of adding consistency to your life.

All of these little victories add up to get you towards that bigger win. In subtle ways, they build up to train both your mind and body in the world of discipline. 

Every positive action you take to gain control over your life helps your mind and body. The two are intricately intertwined, and the improvement of one will help the other. That is why the concept of calming the body to calm the mind works. By giving yourself a physical outlet, you’re giving the mind the opportunity to let go of whatever it is struggling to cope with at any given moment. 

Oss, 

Coach Nick