There are many people who in this fast and changing society get stressed and it is normal. Stress is the body’s natural response to danger. However, stress is an emotion that must be felt in emergencies and serious circumstances, it is not something that occurs daily and if it occurs and becomes chronic it can lead to serious health problems.

However, daily stress has become commonplace for many people. Because chronic stress leads to inflammation, depression, and affects sleep, it is important to take steps to relieve your stress. The effects of exercise on the body help relieve stress, and hitting a punching bag can have a cathartic effect on your stress levels. If you start doing this in your daily life, you will be amazed at the positive effects it will have on your mental health.

How hitting a punching bag helps you

Hitting a punching bag can be a physical and symbolic expression of stress or anger. Physically, hitting a punching bag produces a response in your body that helps relieve tension. 

Symbolically, you can imagine that the punching bag or a simple cushion are representative of your stress. Imagining a problematic situation or person in your life and hitting allows you to express your anger in a healthier way than becoming aggressive towards another person. However, it is a good idea to combine a physical expression of your anger with mental expressions, including writing down your thoughts on paper or discussing your frustrations with a medical professional . This combination of physical and mental stress relief can help you relieve stress forever.

Make it safe

When hitting a punching bag, it is important to protect vulnerable areas, including the wrists and hands, before striking. Wearing protective gloves, wrist bands, or tape can help prevent injury. 

Warm up with hops or jog before hitting the bag. Aim for the middle of the punching bag, which tends to be softer than the upper or lower portions. Hit for three minutes. You have to make sure you rest for a few minutes between rounds to avoid muscle tension. 

When you feel that stress has left your body , drink water and take a few deep breaths to ease the tension. If you don’t have a punching bag handy, you can also hit the air or a cushion. Maintain good posture to avoid injury to your brain.

The benefits of hitting a punching bag for your brain

Exercise of any kind, including hitting a punching bag, offers many stress-relieving benefits. When you hit the punching bag, your brain increases the production of endorphins, neurotransmitters that create thoughts of well-being in your brain. 

Hitting it helps to relieve muscle tension that can build up when you experience stress. As you continue to press, you will find that your focus has improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you are stressed.

Aspects that you cannot forget

While hitting the punching bag you can temporarily relieve the stress you feel, but this is not the solution you are looking for because it is not a permanent solution to your focus of stress or if you suffer from chronic stress.

Hitting a pillow, punching bag, cushion, or bed when you’re not yet angry can be an effective technique … to induce, evoke, or become more aware of pent-up anger. But one cannot permanently ‘drain’ or empty anger in this way. If you find that your stress and / or anger is interfering with your life or if you need stress relief beyond hitting a punching bag, then you should seek the help of a professional psychologist for guidance in handling. of your emotions.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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