The martial arts community draws great people from all around the world, from all disciplines. Being a martial artist fulfills a unique desire to protect yourself, your family and your friends. Martial artists are people who have physical strength and courage to do what is right.
We are warriors; we are survivors. However, during this unprecedented time, some of us are at a loss as to what to do and how we can help.
Here are four ways that you can help during the COVID-19 crisis:
- 1.Have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude doesn't mean pretending that nothing is wrong; it means redirecting negativity. Instead of "being stuck at home" consider this an opportunity to reconnect with your family or get your honey-do list done. Find creative ways to train. Why not teach your family what you know about martial arts?
- 2.Be informed. Let's face it, there's a lot of information (and misinformation) out there. It is easy to feel overwhelmed or panic in the face of the abundance of news and stories pouring in. Use reliable sources to educate yourself, but limit your exposure to only what is necessary to make good decisions. Gluing yourself to the TV or social media channels will only worry and stress you further.
- 3.Offer kindness. As martial artists, we are exceptionally good at being there for our families and our communities. Reach out to see if a neighbor needs you to drop something off on their porch when you are running to the grocery store or calling/texting to say hello to a friend. Small acts of kindness will help everyone cope better.
- 4.Stay healthy. It's been said a million times now: Wash your hands and stay at home. These are the two most simple and effective ways of stopping the spread of the Coronavirus.
We are all processing the same feelings. We all want to make a difference, protect our families, save lives and prevent the spread of this awful virus. We are martial artists and we will make a positive impact during this extreme period of difficulty and sadness.
Focus on having a positive attitude, being informed and offering help and above all, stay healthy. See you all on the mat again soon.