Where does the ability to cope with challenges come from? It takes practice to be resilient. Resilience helps you adapt to new situations, overcome obstacles, and bounce back.
Your martial arts practice is one of many environments where you can develop resilience. Here are a few ways to build resilience through martial arts:
1. Physical Fitness
Improving your fitness through martial arts training increases your strength, endurance, power, speed, and agility. When your body is physically fit and healthy, you’re more likely to feel strong mentally as well. You’ll have the strength to face challenges and stick with the process of finding a solution.
2. Mistakes and Setbacks
Making mistakes and encountering setbacks are part of learning martial arts. The question isn’t, “Will I make a mistake?” Instead, it’s figuring how you will respond to mistakes. Focusing on how to bounce back, do something differently or better the next time, and finding ways to grow is a resilient approach. You learn from the past and apply lessons to the future.
3. Long-Term Goals
Some of your martial arts goals will take years to achieve. After a while, it might feel like you’re not making any progress. This means you’ll need to find ways to stay motivated and committed to your training. Achieving small, short-term goals provide tiny bursts of success that motivate you to keep going. These short-term objectives for your long-term goals will help you stay committed, patient, and develop resiliency. Even though there might be times where you’re tempted to give up altogether, the more resilient you are, the more likely you are to persevere.
Martial arts is one environment where your hard work and effort pay off. However, it’s important to find a balance between working hard and getting adequate rest. If you happen to be on the verge of overtraining, it affects you mentally and physically. When you’re feeling tired, stress, sore, or burned out, it’s hard to be resilient. This is why it’s important to balance your training with healthy habits like eating well, getting quality sleep, and listening to your body. Taking a day to rest and recover isn’t giving up. It’s how you’re able to keep going.
Are you interested in learning more about the martial arts programs and classes we’re currently offering at The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia? Contact us today to get started.