Using Jiu Jitsu To Deal With Stress In Your Everyday Life
My guess is when you decided you wanted to start training Jiu Jitsu that your motive was likely to learn to defend yourself.
Maybe you were looking into the most effective martial arts and came to find that Jiu Jitsu is far superior in many ways to other martial arts when it comes to real world self defense tactics. Maybe you want to fight mixed martial arts and know that your game must include some Jiu Jitsu in order to be successful. It could be you were simply looking for a fun activity that would also help you burn calories and essentially force you into better shape burning in excess of 400 calories a night on average (likely much more).
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Whatever the reason you decided to start training Jiu Jitsu; I would venture to say that you did not join a Jiu Jitsu academy for the mental health benefits. People can tell you until they are blue in the face that their life has changed, that Jiu Jitsu is the best thing they have ever done, whatever the case may be, but until you experience on your own, there is no way to describe it. The reality is that while Jiu Jitsu provides a ton of benefits, it always seems to find a way to provide everyone with what they need at that point in life. If you are feeling lonely, you have a team that is like a family there to support you, if you are looking for support in reaching your fitness goals, you have teammates that will gladly help you get there. If you enjoy teaching kids, or adults for that matter, Jiu Jitsu will open doors for you during your journey to help out and give back through teaching. All of these things are very obvious things that Jiu Jitsu does for us, and this barely scratches the surface.
What is sometimes overlooked, or at least not spoken about as often is the programing of your mindset that takes place each and every day. It is certainly harder to pinpoint exactly when things changed in this area because it seems to be micro adjustments that happen each day that lead up to a big change. There are a couple of factors that play into this, first, let’s look at the environment you are spending time in. In my experience the Jiu Jitsu academies I have had the opportunity to visit when traveling have all been very positive environments.
As the saying goes, you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Chances are, when you decide to train Jiu Jitsu, you are giving up time somewhere else that was less positive. Before everyone loses their minds on me here and starts getting upset because they are giving up time with their family, I’ll challenge you and ask how impactful that hour or two has been with your family over the last year? Did you spend it doing activities? Riding bikes, playing games, doing science experiments, going swimming, or some other activity that forced you to be present, or did you spend it in front of the TV or staring at your phone. Statistics would say the time was spent in front of the TV. The point here is you traded your time for something more positive in most cases. Additionally, I would argue that taking this time away will have a positive impact on family time from 2 directions, first, you will be healthier and happier and have more energy to do things with the family, and secondly, you are forced into being more deliberate with your time since you have less of it.
All of this being said, training Jiu Jitsu forces us into a lot of bad spots that are super uncomfortable at times and let’s be honest, at times downright miserable. We may give up on these spots in the beginning, I certainly remember the first time I tapped to a body triangle. I recall this being a game changing moment for me after I tapped my training partner looked at me and said, “that’s not a submission, don’t tap to that, sure it sucks, but that shouldn’t have been enough to make you tap, learn to deal with being uncomfortable”. What an impactful statement, right? As I have progressed along my journey over the years, I have come to realize how much things like that have changed my life in the day to day. Think for a second about how powerful it is to be able to be calm in a bad situation and think, yeah, this sucks, but it’s not enough to make me give up. The more you build on that mindset the more you will be able to achieve in life.
When we apply this to our day to day life and start to look at the things that cause us to stress it all starts to come together. Think about it like this; let’s say you are a laborer in a manufacturing company. These positions can be very challenging in that they typically require a lot of heavy lifting and manual labor, in addition to that they are often not in temperature controlled buildings so it can be very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. While this may be less than ideal for some people, on those brutally hot days, thinking about your training, it’s easy to think, yep, this is tough, but it’s not as bad as getting heel hooked, or something to that effect. This almost becomes an automatic response because of how much time we spend telling our brains, no, stop lying to yourself brain, we are ok, we are tougher than this.
The best part about this is your mindset will develop as a side effect of training Jiu Jitsu with very little effort on your part. Understand that this is for day to day life, there are things you can do to step up your mindset for competition.
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The character you are building on the mats with your hard work and dedication carries over into whatever you do in your day to day. You can be the best in your chosen field, not because you want to beat others, but because you have built the discipline on the mats to persevere and push yourself to YOUR limits, not capped by someone else’s perception of your limits, or limits created by your fixed mindset.
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