Our anxiety levels are much to high for where they should be in America. Since 1990, our depression levels have increased by over 50%. This is not a coincidence. Think about the increase of screen time since 1990. To make a long story short, when we are on our digital devices, in effect we are increasing our dopamine levels. Our body then works hard to reduce how much dopamine we have at any given time and thus depression and anxiety.
Another interesting research finding is that we are having a harder time experiencing pleasure and satisfaction now than in the past while at the same time we are more sensitive to feelings of pain. That is not a great combination!
Our goal here at Taekwondo Works is to find ways to push our students to experience conditioning in a way that both pushes them (increasing our pain tolerance threshold) while providing a sense of satisfaction (increasing our ability to feel happiness and pleasure). We’re not against using digital devices, we’re just trying to provide an opportunity to get in touch with our own bodies and selves that will give us more opportunity to have a rich full meaningful life balanced and connected with others.
Come join us here in Mechanicsville. You will feel welcomed and important. You will sweat and feel tired leaving satisfied knowing you learned valuable skills.