When the Blues Kick In, Muay Thai Kicks Back
February is a tough one. There is no putting it lightly that depression is a real and hot topic for a lot of Canadians. Sometimes, the blues may feel like the hardest fighter we have ever encountered, but that has never been an issue for Muay Thai fighters. The harder the opponent the more opportunity it presents for improvement and that is the ultimate goal.
---- Cut to, we’re now in the ring deep into our fight, giving it all we’ve got but we are losing, backed up in the corner, too tired to keep our guards up and eating all the shots, And depression is the other opponent with the extensive experience, record breaking winning streak and knows the pressure points of our mind, and keeps attacking us there. This is looking impossible, but not quite. There is still one more round left and a knockout is up for grabs. But we gotta change up our strategy. ----
Depression often attacks us when and where we are most vulnerable. It is a kind of psychological pain that originates from a lack of ease about who we are, our purpose, the state of the world etc. This is often experienced when we feel routine, empty and stuck, going through the motions of life. This slowly chips away at us until we are left feeling utterly helpless and powerless to the events happening around us and we no longer feel the zest for life. This vulnerability in ourselves is what affords depression it’s strength. Feeding off of our vulnerability, depression knows how to attack to survive.
Our contender (depression), has a signature attack plan, it is seeking our weak spots and looking for us to react. At this point, a great fighter knows that studying the patterns of the opponent and responding accordingly with precision and impact will end the game victoriously. And that is our goal.
We asked the Kru-Munnity for some tips on how they have used Muay Thai to beat the blues...
But unanimously, the best trick of all is to treat ourselves. Many in our community highly recommend taking a mental day, spend it nurturing your feelings, feed your emotions, cue netflix, kick your feet up, and have a great mental health day. Have a laugh. And if the tears come flowing instead, allow them. What are tears but chemicals being washed out from our bodies? If you're starting to feel better, then this might be a great time to grab a notebook and tell an empowering story about yourself.
If none of this is working - our door at Krudar Muay Thai, is always open for you to come in and smash out whatever happens to be on your mind, no explanation needed.
The above suggestions are simply tools that members of our community have used to combat the blues. We are not mental health experts or trained therapists. We share these stories and tips from members of our community who have improved their lives through training Muay Thai. Training has helped them build the self-esteem and confidence needed to tackle some of the life's toughest challenges. We are blessed to live in a country full of incredible resources. For more on metal health and depression, please visit the experts below:
Kids Help Phone
Toronto Distress Center