Stress is something most people deal with on a daily basis.
Martial arts is a great way to combat stress, but there are other great ways to do this as well. Evolve MMA put together a list of how to relieve stress.
Below are the first two ways they list. You can read the entire list here.
1) Go to a martial arts class
If you aren’t already familiar with martial arts’ ability to enhance the mind, body, and spirit, then maybe you should consider signing up for a class.
Martial arts is the perfect activity to relieve stress because it gives you a jolt of energy through physical exercise, allows you to tune into your body through meditation and breathing techniques, and increases your overall health and vitality.
Enjoy the exhilarating pace of Muay Thai. Become enamored with the science of grappling in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Learn the intricacies of weight and gravity leveraging in wrestling. Whichever martial art you choose to pursue, your body will thank you for it.
Not only will martial arts enhance your physical well-being, but it will also improve your social life. Meet new friends and build lasting relationships with your gym mates. Have loads of fun in each session, learning and experiencing new techniques. Joining a martial arts class will be the best decision you have ever made.
It is the perfect stress-reliever after a long and tiring day at work. Martial arts will take your mind away from the clutter, and push you into a serene space of zen.
2) Breathe deeply and meditate
Take a few minutes out of each day to practice your breathing and meditate. Research has proven that daily meditation can alter the brain’s neural pathways, making us more resilient to stress. Meditation has long been one of the key methods of stress relief and for good reason — because it actually works.
Sit up straight, take a deep breath, inhale, and then exhale. Place your hand on your belly and slowly inhale through your nose, exhaling through the mouth to feel every bit of oxygen passing through your lungs.
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself floating in space with nothing but peace and tranquility in your mind. Don’t let what’s happening around you distract you from just floating by like clouds in your thoughts. 15 minutes a day will do wonders.
Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by reducing the heart rate and decreasing blood pressure.