BEING DEPRESSED SUCKS!!
Do you just sweep it under the rug? Overeat? Medicate?
ACCORDING TO THE ADAA (ANXIETY & DEPRESSION ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) in 2015, 15 MILLION ADULTS WERE AFFECTED BY DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY.
15 million! HOLY HELL!
That, with zero doubt, tells you that someone you know is affected by anxiety or is depressed and may be dealing with something that you just simply, don’t get.
CAN TRAINING JIU JITSU HELP LIFT DEPRESSION??
When I came back from college in 2004, I was severely depressed and overweight. EVERYDAY, I contemplated even getting out of bed.
I hated my job, I hated my relationship, I hated myself.
After a few months of banging around at bars and getting into trouble and fights, I was directed to a Martial Arts gym.
I didn’t necessarily want to go but, I did out of curiosity and, I was bored and sure as hell wasn’t out doing something, man. Playing video games, eating like crap and, trying to stay away from people I needed to cut out of my life was wearing on me.
It was eye-opening, to say the least. For over an hour and a half, I forgot that I was a sad bag a shit and actually enjoyed myself.
Immediately, I started to think less about how badly my life sucked and more about what I was going to do in the next class.
Back then, youtube wasn’t a thing that people just pulled up and watched cat videos. You had risk giving your computer AIDS by downloading what you hoped was a Grappler’s Quest tournament.
I just kept going to class. Kept absorbing information and with each class I attended, I got better, healthier and, a little more self-confident.
A weight was lifted off of my shoulders.
Not only did I excel at the art & sport, winning contests and championships, I made friends!
Having a constant, positive, support system was KEY to my mental health. I still have many of these friends today and we all still train jiu jitsu on a weekly basis.
All these years later, I still train to combat the cloud that hangs over my head.
Some days I succeed. Others I fall short but, at least I gave myself a chance to grow.
Training Jiu Jitsu in Odessa, Texas has been pivotal in keeping my mental health in check along with my physical fitness.
I am in no way saying that training jiu jitsu is going to cure depression or anxiety.
It does, however, allow you an avenue to manage the stresses associated with both.
Want to be happier? Healthier? Maybe ever make friends?
SEE IF JIU JITSU CAN HELP!
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