Mind your mental well-being
When we think of high performance sport, we spend lots of time ensuring that our body is healthy. We hydrate, eat certain foods, warm-up and cool down. We pay particular attention to this during certain training phases or perhaps during a particularly demanding competitive event. We get that if we do not take care of our body, we cannot perform; across time and in critical moments.
What is interesting is that we rarely consider mental health in a high performance sport context. We never take the time to consider what a demanding training environment does to our mental well-being. Or what about a particularly devastating loss? Imagine if we implemented the same time or care into managing our mental well-being. If we got ourselves emotionally ready for demanding events, and took time to cool down or let go afterwards? What is the equivalent of nourishment from a mental well-being perspective for you?
Maybe if we took more time to monitor and nurture our mental health, we would be able to be excellent across time more often …