Mental Health in Sports

Apr 16, 2023
 

The best approach to mental health is to be proactive!

Kids today are struggling more than any generation before them.  They have higher rates of clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal ideations.  It is a complex issue but the best thing you can do for your own mental health is be honest, be curious and ask for help if you feel that something is beyond your capabilities to handle.  

 

Understand what your resources are and what type of help you might need.  This picture helps explain the continuum of mental health from perspective of everyday functioning and performance.  If you are low or have decreased functioning you probably need a mental health provider.   If you are stable to high, you can work with a mental skills coach like me. 

What can you do to be proactive about your mental health?

  1. Acknowledge and accept your emotions: take time to listen to yourself and label your feelings
  2. Take a break from technology when possible and use the time to engage in activities that bring you joy
  3. Make sure to eat healthy meals and get plenty of rest
  4. Connect with friends and family - it’s important to have people that support you during difficult times
  5. Establish a daily routine - this can be as simple as having a cup of tea in the morning or taking five minutes to stretch each day
  6. Prioritize self-care - make sure you’re doing something for yourself every day, even if it’s just reading a book or taking a bath
  7.  Start a gratitude journal - each day, write down three things you are grateful for 

Remember that mental health is like physical fitness. It requires attention and care to maintain.  You'll never stay physically fit if you never exercise and eat like crap.  Make an effort to train your mental toughness and remaining optimism to maintain your mental health. 

I provide many training opportunities to help teens become more optimistic and productive.  Check out the options here.

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