- Being an athlete at any level comes with a challenge and some more than others. But one problem that all levels have in common is Stress because of the pressure, whether it be
from performing in games, managing a social
life, or in student-athletes the pressure of grades. I will be informing you of some ways I use to improve my mental health and manage my Stress as an athlete and what I think can help you as well.
Taking Care Of Your Body.
As athletes, we participate in exercises to keep our physical aspects in shape. Still, mental health is just as important as physical health in the sense of keeping your body functioning correctly.
The first step in getting your mental state functioning is by getting the right amount of sleep, and by getting the right amount of sleep, you are more likely to focus better on tasks. Another step is eating healthier; what you eat can directly affect the structure and function of your brain and can also change your mood positively or negatively.
What I mean by eating healthier doesn’t mean not eating some junk food at all. But by limiting how much junk food you intake and eat more healthier food products. By doing that, you will be one step closer to being at your mental goals.
Being an athlete comes with a hectic schedule and much Stress. However, if you manage your time efficiently, it can become a lot easier to handle. In advance, By planning, you can save time for priority tasks, routine tasks but also be able to take breaks in between. One method I use is creating a to-do list; whether that be on your phone or a journal, it is beneficial when it reminds you what you have to take care of every day. Another way that helps with your time management is by knowing what time it is and monologuing how much time you have to complete each task.
Interact With People.
I understand as athletes, our busy schedules can be quite hectic, and sometimes we won’t be able to have enough time to hang out with friends and family. Still, I encourage you to take the time to interact with people even if, for one of your breaks, you take the time to talk to some because interacting with people helps increase feelings of happiness and decrease feelings of sadness. Studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.
A way that helps make it easier to take the time to interact with people is by surrounding yourself with positive people that are going to keep me motivated through tough times.
Developing A Positive Mindset
Developing a positive mindset can help make stress management immensely easier. One step you can take to start developing a positive mindset is a self-talk I know talking to yourself might sound quite weird, but by encouraging yourself and staying motivated in your task, it can help you improve your mindset in a very effective way.
What I do for self-talk is write on my shalk board motivational quotes like I know it might be a hard task. However, I am doing this for a reason and tell myself to stay motivated. I also write my moto ” never ever give up”.
Also, another step you can take to develop your positive mindset is by positively approaching the unpleasant, and by identifying the change in what is preventing you from being positive.
- Check yourself regularly throughout the day, and if you notice that your mind is in a negative perspective, you can try to find a way to put a positive bring to them.
The Most Important Thing
In conclusion to all the advice and information I have given you the most important thing to know is having a good mental health doesn’t mean that you are never going to go through ups and downs, bad times or experience emotional break downs. We, as athletes and people, all go through disappointments and losses. Still, by taking care of your body appropriately, managing time efficiently, and having a positive mindset, you can improve your mental health, and remain focused and productive in bad times as well as enjoyable.
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