Simone Biles has shown the world that there is courage and strength in vulnerability. She has been an inspiration in the mental health community, and a leader in shifting the norm around “achievement at any cost.” Elite athletes are under immense pressure to perform, compete, win, achieve, and persevere, and—in some cases—this comes at the expense of their mental and physical health. This paradigm is beginning to shift, however, as more athletes are being transparent about their mental health struggles: 35% of elite athletes deal with mental health disorders.
How to Deal with the Stress of Being an Athlete
Yoga and Meditation
While athletes clearly move their bodies, many might not do so without all of the pressure around achievement or competing. Yoga is an effective practice, proven to improve the symptoms depression and other mental health conditions. Try starting the day with a bit of yoga or meditation. Turn off your mind and tune into your body as a way to relieve stress, anxiety, and reduce depression.
Reward centers in the brain are activated when we engage in positive affirmations or positive self-talk. Positive affirmations have also been shown to contribute to positive behavior changes. When you feel your mind focusing on negative thoughts or negative self-talk, try and replace it with something positive about yourself. Try and start off your day by looking in the mirror and saying something positive, even if it feels awkward at first—just give it a try and see how you feel!
If you are feeling overwhelmed, try reaching out to your loved ones to vent, ask for advice, or just be in the presence of people who make you feel good. People can make us feel loved and supported through hard times.
Don’t be afraid to rest. We live in a world where things are constantly moving, but that does not mean that you have to be! Let go of the idea that we always have to be productive and give yourself permission to rest. It can help you come back feeling refreshed and in a better state of mind.
If you struggle with mental health issues, contact our ketamine infusion therapy center today for a free consultation, or simply complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will reach out to answer your questions, determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy, and address your concerns.
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Contact our ketamine infusion therapy center today for a free consultation, or simply complete the brief form below and a member of our clinical team will reach out to answer your questions and address your concerns.