Athletes and the Importance of Mental Health

Monitoring Your Mindset in the Midst of a Mental Marathon


   It is quite obvious that athletes have to take great care of their own bodies in order to compete at a high level while avoiding injury. Often overlooked, but just as significant, however, is the health of their own well-being and mental state. 

   The pressure placed on athletes to be the best can place a toll on their mental health, with many of them suffering from stress, eating disorders, burnout, depression, or anxiety. A lot of athletes choose to keep this information undisclosed as they fear it will impact their selection and playing time. 

   As a result, athletes will bottle up their mental health problems and force themselves to keep pushing forward. This kind of behavior will not only hinder performance but will also affect their lives after sports. 

   While it may be uncomfortable, there are small steps athletes can take to improve their mental health. Talking to family, teammates, or coaches can take the burden off their shoulders and help them become more optimistic. 

   Turning to a medical professional like a therapist is another great option to help athletes identify the sources of their stress and manage their symptoms. They should also make time to focus on themselves through meditations, walks, or listening to music. 

   Athletes have to understand that strong mental toughness is a priority to play at an elite level. Once they are able to achieve a balance between their physical and mental states, they will reach new heights and become a better person, player, and teammate.