How To Distance Yourself From Your Thoughts #BITESIZE

EP 237 Episode Cover Keagen Hadley

Long Term Injuries: How to Confront Difficult Thoughts and Emotions

Keagan Hadley

Keagen Hadley is a doctor of occupational therapy specializing in using psychological treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with his patients. As a patient and therapist, he has a deep understanding of the interventions and knows how emotional stress can interfere with rehabilitation, daily activities, and overall quality of life.

As an athlete, he tore both ACLs playing college and semi-professional football. This experience made him acutely aware of the struggles associated psychologically post-ACL injury and how to overcome them with positive results.

He is passionate about mental health, sports, joint-centric training and rehabilitation, financial literacy, nutrition, and entrepreneurship.

Do you ever believe you are your thoughts? Do you often take your thoughts way too seriously?  If so you’ll enjoy today’s podcast episode as my guest, Keagen Hadley author of Torn: Overcoming the Psychological Challenges Post-ACL Injury talks about using Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a potentially helpful solution.  Specifically we discuss cognitive defusion as a way to help you create distance from your thoughts.

Key Learning Points:

  • Cognitive Fusion is concerned with the mess our thoughts in relation to our identity can have where our thoughts can often dominate our reality.
  • Examples include; “I am broken”, “I am rubbish…”
  • Mastering cognitive defusion can help you create distance from your thoughts and see things from a fresh perspective.
  • Cognitive defusion goes on to promote psychological flexibility and empowers you to relate to your situation and thought processes with greater openness and adaptability. 
  • One approach you could take to help you is to smile at yourself and your situation as it can help you make peace and shift your perspective.
  • When you perform and see red mist, slowing down, taking a slow walk can also be a useful way to take the sting out of the situation. 

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BOOK: Torn Overcoming Psychological Challenges Post ACL

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To Listen to the Full Podcast Episodes

Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

Ep124: Dr Keagan Hadley – Long Term Injuries: How to Confront Difficult Thoughts and Emotions

Ep205: Dr Carl Bescoby – Rehabilitation And Returning To Sport: How To Support Injured Athletes

Ep235: Trevor Jones – How To Use ACT To Improve Your Coaching In Sport #BITESIZE

Ep236: Dr James Hegarty – How To Use ACT and Mindfulness When You’ve Got Lots Of Time To Think #BITESIZE

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David Charlton

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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    How To Combat Overthinking In Sport #BITESIZE

    EP 234 Episode Cover Paul Phillips

    How To Combat Overthinking In Sport #BITESIZE

    Paul Phillips | Founding Member, Board of Advisors: High-Performance Rugby Union | Coach Educator | Performance Rugby Consultant | Performance Coach Author.

    With more than 17-years experience working with players, coaches, clubs, regions and organisations – as a Performance Coach, Educator and Consultant. With purpose, to positively influence growth, in many forms, to achieve individual and team development, progress, and success.

    How often in sport do you see an athlete make the wrong decision under pressure? Often I’d say! Even at the highest level in elite professional sport.  Indecision, overthinking, paralysis by analysis, having too much time to think of the consequences, a lack of trust in skills or fear are often the reasons for poor decision making. 

    In this short bite-sized episode, Paul Phillips an author and culture developer and I discuss overthinking in sport where we share some helpful tips so that you can deal better with pressure in the moment. 

    Key Learning Points:

    • Helping athletes generate behaviours before thoughts and emotions is a helpful skill.
    • James Clear’s two-minute rule in the book Atomic Habits is a useful approach to take when you are feeling indecisive.
    • In rugby the size of an opponent can trigger fear responses, overthinking and poor decision making.
    • Visual, kinaesthetic and auditory cues and triggers are helpful in overcoming fear,
    • Using metaphors such as images of animals or superhero’s is a helpful trigger for adults and children.
    • Spending time with process training, practicing and rehearsing pre-shot and pre-performance routines are hugely beneficial.

    Connect with Paul Phillips

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    Book: How to Create Culture: In Rugby Union

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    Sign Up to The Mental Edge

    Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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    To Listen to Podcasts To Help Overthinkers

    Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

    Ep156: Ruth Chiles – There is Hope: How to Overcome Focal Dystonia

    Ep161: Paul Phillips – How to Create a Culture of High Performance in Professional Rugby Union

    Ep221: Jeremy Snape – How To Use Pre Performance Routines When The Pressure Is On

    Ep224: Aaron Walsh – How To Help Professional Rugby Players Perform Better Under Pressure

    Helpful Resources For The Overthinker

    Blog – Overthinking on the Rugby Pitch

    Blog – Do You Start Matches with a ONE-NIL DOWN Mindset?

    Blog – 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Bowl Every Delivery

    Blog – Is Your Head Focused On The Right Things

    How to Trust Your Skills When You’re a Goalkeeper

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    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

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      Mental Toughness In Football: How To Deal With Criticism #BITESIZE

      EP 218 Episode Cover Michael Caulfield

      Mental Toughness In Football: How To Deal With Criticism #BITESIZE Michael Caulfield is one of the most experienced Sports Psychologists in the UK, with over 30 years working in sport, business and academia. After fifteen years as Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), he retrained as a Sports Psychologist after working with that

      Self-Care: How to Prioritise Rest and Recovery #BITESIZE

      EP 216 Episode Cover Nick Grantham

      Self-Care: How to Prioritise Rest and Recovery #BITESIZE Nick Grantham is a performance enhancement specialist. His career spans four Olympic cycles and he is a founding member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC). He has become recognised as a specialist in athletic preparation and has a wealth of knowledge in

      How Ice Swimming And Cold Immersion Can Help You Take Control Of Your Destiny

      EP 215 Episode Cover Fenwick Ridley

      How Ice Swimming And Cold Immersion Can Help You Take Control Of Your Destiny Fenwick Ridley is the owner of H2oTrails where he helps people discover the thrill of outdoor swimming and other water based activities in a stunning Northumberland location, Sweethope Loughs. He is also known as the  GB Ice Viking and represents Team

      How To Create Better Decision Makers On The Football Pitch

      EP 209 Episode Cover Felix Lehmann

      How To Create Better Decision Makers On The Football Pitch Felix Lehmann UEFA B Certified Football Coach | Elevating Athletic Excellence Through Motor-Cognitive Training Felix is on a mission to sculpt a new era of athletes, his focus converges on synergizing elite cognitive skills with physical training.  Leveraging a rich foundation in different training methodologies,

      How To Help Footballers Ensure That They Keep Their Foot On The Pedal When Their Team Is Winning

      EP 208 Episode Cover David Charlton

      How To Help Footballers Ensure That They Keep Their Foot On The Pedal When Their Team Is Winning By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams

      Helping Leaders Recognise The Benefits Of Showing Vulnerability #BITESIZE

      EP 178 Episode Cover Paula Eddy-Wilcox

      Helping Leaders Recognise The Benefits Of Showing Vulnerability #BITESIZE

      Paula Eddy-Wilcox

      Paula Eddy-Wilcox is a well respected Leadership Coach, The Natural Leadership Coach and Founder of Game of Leadership, The Podcast for Curious Leaders. When supporting her clients, business leaders and executives, she looks to empower you to achieve the things that you want in life.  Paula helps her clients to go about reaching their goals in a way that really resonates with them. By pinpointing your purpose and transforming your mindset, you can then go on to unlock a deep reserve of energy, drive, and natural aptitude that feels authentic to you.

      She is not just here to encourage you to imagine what’s possible. She is very tenacious and calm and enjoys working together with her clients to hammer out actionable, step-by-step plans for achieving your goals. 

      This is a short episode where leadership is the topic that Paula Eddy Wilcox and I discuss, specifically looking at vulnerability in leaders, coaches or managers.  From a mental toughness angle this links with a number of the measures from Peter Cloughs 4Cs Model of Mental Toughness.  Namely, interpersonal confidence and being comfortable in yourself when you communicate to others, to emotional control where we can choose to or not, express our thoughts and emotions to other people.  As well as, risk orientation, where we can decide to stretch ourselves or remain comfortable and learning orientation, where we can look to learn from mistakes.  Enjoy tuning in!

      Key Learning Points:

      • One way to explain whether you choose to show your vulnerable side or not is to focus on it from the lens of a P-I-E perspective, Performance, Image and Exposure.
      • With 10% performance, 30% image and 60% exposure accounting for this.  In terms of exposure, are you putting yourself out there and being vulnerable in a leadership role?
      • Be honest about how you are and how you show up.  Are you too comfortable in the way you go about things?
      • Mentors and coaches can help you get more comfortable with the uncomfortable.
      • A fixed mindset can prevent you from showing vulnerability.
      • There are links with showing vulnerability and psychological safety.

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      Other Useful Podcast Episodes

      Ep065: Dr Amy Izycky – Encouraging Mentally Healthy Cultures in Sport

      Ep075: Grant Phyphers – How to Rebuild Your Identity

      Ep106: Amy Rowlinson – Why is knowing my WHY important?

      Ep123: Richard Dorney MBE – Supporting People: What Can You Learn About Resilience From The Military

      Ep128: Paula Eddy-Wilcox – Can You Show Vulnerability and Be Mentally Tough? Yes!

      Other Useful Resources

      Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

      Blog – 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

      Blog – How to Find Your Why 

      Blog – Mental Health Guidance for Coaches When Supporting Athletes

      Vlog – How mental toughness helps us understand psychological safety

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      Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      David Charlton

      Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

      Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

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      Mental Edge Newsletter

      Are you an athlete, coach or parent that would like to learn how to create sustainable high performance? Receive our free regular newsletter, where we share proven mental toughness and high performance tips and strategies. If you want some support and motivation straight to your inbox, then sign up below.

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