Updated: Jul 5
We’re undoubtedly living in times of high uncertainty and protecting our mental health is crucial.
Mental health also matters in sport.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental illnesses we face and sportspeople are not immune.
It is, therefore, important to find the best help possible.
WHY MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
Sport, regardless of level, offers up many challenges.
Being in a good mental space helps athletes push towards success.
Coaches, managers, colleagues, and clubs all have a responsibility to ensure the best support for sportspeople, but there are other proactive ways to safeguard your mental wellbeing.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRESSURES IN SPORT?
Naturally, competing is one of the biggest pressures a sportsperson can face.
According to charity Mind, there are 3 mental health areas for concern.
Whether it means being let go or moving club, new surroundings (and adapting to them) can be stressful.
This is a key transition. Life outside of sport can feel daunting.
3. STRUGGLING IN SILENCE
Athletes who feel like they cannot speak to others feel that they cannot ask for help and therefore may not access vital support systems.
This is without the added pressures of nutrition, travel, injury, and sacrifice to personal freedoms.
TIPS FOR KEEPING MENTALLY FIT IN SPORT
Routine means purpose, which, in turn, can boost wellbeing.
This can be generally or specific to your training regime and encourages mental preparation.
PRACTICE HOLISTIC HEALTH
Holistic health focuses on spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing so that you’re in peak condition to perform.
It doesn’t matter how successful you are, finding support early on can prevent struggles down the line, in an extremely changeable environment.
PickYourCoach gives sportspeople access to a range of services and coaches so that anyone can be coached in more than just physical training.
Our database offers a range of mental wellness coaches, yoga teachers, and holistic wellbeing support, across many countries; giving sportspeople the same benefits, regardless of location.
There is no one-size-fits-all route to happiness, but effective support tools can help us better be equipped.
 Cited 17.05.2021, https://www.mind.org.uk/media-a/4354/mental-health-and-elite-sport.pdf