03 Mar 2023
Helping You Gain A Mental Edge
Self Care: How important is it to you?
In my work I come across a lot of athletes, coaches and support staff who have a lot of hallmarks of being mentally tough.
- They are confident people who have belief in their ability.
- They love a challenge and aren’t afraid to take risks.
- They’re committed to their craft, eating, sleeping and breathing their sport or role.
These are all great qualities – I’m sure that you’ll agree?
However, one thing these people can struggle with is self-care which can then have a detrimental impact on their performance levels and happiness.
These people find themselves really busy setting goal after goal, getting their hands dirty, working hard on their craft and because they believe that they can achieve anything they often struggle saying “NO”.
Self-care refers to intentional and proactive actions taken by individuals to maintain their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
How do you get started in looking after yourself better?
Start here by identifying your needs by asking yourself the following questions:
- What do I enjoy doing that allows me from switching off from my sport / work?
- Am I getting enough rest and sleep?
- Is my diet aiding my lifestyle?
- Am I prioritising time to exercise?
- Is social connection with friends and family something I’m engaging in enough?
- Am I engaging in activities that give me joy and fun?
Self-care isn’t being selfish. We all have our own needs to feel good about ourselves. Self-care is all about enhancing your overall health and preventing burnout or too much stress.
Feel free to give it some thought and consider how important self-care is to you. While you’re on you may wish to listen to this week’s episode of Demystifying Mental Toughness where Dr. Andrew Shafik, a club doctor at Millwall and Chelsea Football clubs goes on share some fascinating insights into burnout and psychological well-being in football. We go on to chat about what players, coaches and support staff can go on to experience, also sharing solutions to some of the challenges that people face.
I’m also confident that this blog will help you in this respect where it allows you to take some time out to consider what is important to you so that you can spend more time doing the things that you really want to. This will also likely mean that your relationships are more positive and that you can focus better in your sport and work.
Other relevant podcast episodes and blogs where we educate you around self-care and mental health in sport include:
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You may also want to check out the following podcasts and resources too where some hugely helpful insights are shared:
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Host of Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast
Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub
Author of The Mental Edge
With over a decades’ experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to transfer their skills from training to competitive situations, under pressure.
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