Signing up for an Empowerment Self-Defense course, particularly an adrenaline-based course like IMPACT, pretty much guarantees that you’ll be hearing or reading something like this before you even set foot in the door:
“I've seen women approach the mat sobbing, trembling, hyperventilating, and looking like quivering antelopes ready to bolt. I've then seen them come off the mat mere moments later looking like lions—regal, radiant, and ready to roar.”
~ Matt O’Brien, IMPACT Safety, Ohio
And the reason is, of course, is that these inspiring, powerful descriptions are absolutely true.
Yes, ESD classes are fun and full of play. There will be plenty of days when you’ll leave class on a cloud of endorphins, ready to take on the world.
But of course, there will very likely be other days when you leave class with a heavy heart or anxiety.
We talk a lot about trauma-informed instruction, but as a student in an ESD class or someone training to be an instructor, it’s important for you to be trauma-informed as well.
Here are some self-care tips that will help you maintain your emotional well-being before, during, and after your ESD course.