Boosting our mental health through practicing martial arts

When we think about building self-esteem, reducing anxiety and depression, or building emotional stability, we often think about activities such as yoga, support groups, or therapy. The first thing that comes to mind is not martial arts! It may be counter-intuitive at first to think that practicing marital arts can help us regulate our emotions and feel more connected to our emotions when it is seen as such a violent activity. However instead of increasing aggression like we might initially think, martial arts actually reduces it! These benefits are linked to the development of self-control, willpower, and discipline. It is also believed that understanding our physical bodies better, leads to us understanding our inner selves better as well – similar to beliefs often held in yoga practices as well. This article goes into some these, and other benefits martial arts may provide us.

While Practicing martial arts can be a great therapeutic tool, it is not a replacement to professional help, such as therapy. If you would like to learn more about how marital arts can be used as a therapeutic tool, or other ways you can supplement your therapy experience to get the most out of your therapy, contact us at the LifeRoots website. We offer free 20-minute consultations so we can begin to discuss what benefits you might see from therapy, and how you can complement your therapeutic experience. I look forward to talking with you!

http://www.contemporarypsychotherapy.org/vol-2-no-1/martial-arts-and-mental-health/

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