Its a big part of my life

Written by Laura Macdougall

I’ve always been fairly (read: far too) open about my issues with severe anxiety. It’s no secret, it’s been a big part of my life.
You would think that someone who struggled to the point of practically being a prisoner in their own head, would never throw themselves into any situation that leaves them bruised and battered against people much bigger than them! Yet there’s a sense of peace when you step onto the mats. Work problems, financial issues…everything is left at the door. It’s a martial art that – like with any exercise – demands you to be present, to focus. There’s no time to get stuck in the spiral of anxiety.

It’s been well over a year and I’m only beginning to feel more human. It was a problem I had to try and overcome myself – nobody could do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying BJJ is the miracle cure! I’ve also had various therapy sessions and medication to take the edge off it. But I know that for myself and potentially for many others, BJJ has offered a sense of worth and a skill I never thought I’d be capable of.

Here’s to the next several decades 🥂 essay over!

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