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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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

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 Use ACT and Mindfulness When You’ve Got Lots Of Time To Think #BITESIZE

    EP 236 Episode Cover James Hegarty

    ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness Dr James Hegarty has a wide range of experiences as a Clinical Psychologist and a long standing interest in Sports Psychology.  Throughout his career he has worked with sports people, from passionate amateurs through to professional athletes.  He was an early adopter of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training, and

    How To Use ACT To Improve Your Coaching In Sport #BITESIZE

    EP 235 Episode Cover Trevor Jones

    How To Use ACT To Improve Your Coaching In Sport #BITESIZE Trevor Jones is a PGA Professional Golfer and mental performance coach who works with golfers on increasing their psychological flexibility, allowing them to better step up to the challenges of learning and performance. He has studied and practiced the psychological flexibility model, behaviour analysis

    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

    Connect with David Charlton

    Sign Up to The Mental Edge

    Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

    Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

    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

    IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

    SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

    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

    Popular Categories

    Join Our Online Community Now!

    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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      How To Help Professional Rugby Players Perform Better Under Pressure #BITESIZE

      EP 224 Episode Cover Aaron Walsh

      How To Help Professional Rugby Players Perform Better Under Pressure #BITESIZE

      Aaron Walsh

      Aaron Walsh, otherwise known as “Walshy” is an experienced Performance Coach. His main areas of focus are developing leadership, culture and mental performance programs for teams. Currently working with Chiefs in Super Rugby as well as consulting to Harlequins, Scottish Rugby, Texas Rangers and Basketball New Zealand.  Aaron has worked in MLB, NRL and with various national teams.  He is also currently coaching multiple corporate leadership teams in creating and maintaining a high performance working environments.  He is sought after and highly regarded presenter that is comfortable in both sporting and corporate environments.