Bridgnorth Boxing Academy
Emotional regulation is something that is learnt over time. Children and young people can sometimes struggle with managing their emotions which can lead to outbursts of aggression and anger. Throughout this article we will define these outbursts as the ‘behaviour’.
Identifying the emotion behind the behaviour is the first step towards helping a young person regulate that emotion. So often the behaviour that is outwardly presented is different to the emotion that the Young Person is feeling, so how do we understand the emotion behind the behaviour? This is where boxing can help and support…
Using the sport of boxing can help engage a young person, build a relationship with a coach and gain trust. When working with Young People who struggle with emotional regulation its vital to build a positive relationship with that Young Person for them to be able to share their worries and concerns.
Often boxing is referred to as a sport of controlled aggression or aggression in a controlled environment. A boxing provision can provide an environment for a Young Person to safely let out all the frustration and anger they are feeling and with the right support alongside this work can begin around understanding the emotions attached to the anger and aggression.
Self Esteem –
Building self esteem is one of the most important factors of learning to regulate emotions and as with most sports when you become more active, your body releases hormones which will improve emotional wellbeing which in turn will support in controlling and managing emotions.
Once the foundations of the relationship with a coach or support worker are formed this is when support can be offered to a Young Person to enable them to get a better understanding of the emotions attached to the behaviour and how they can safely manage these emotions, so the behaviour becomes easier to manage and less impactful of the Young Persons life.
At Bridgnorth Boxing Academy between our coaches we have years of experience of working directly with Young People and we are continually updating our knowledge and skills to ensure that we can support even the most difficult to engage Young People. So, if you would like support then please don’t hesitate to contact us.