Managing mental health in real person life is hard. It can be even harder to manage and work through mental health stuff when we are trying to train for and participate in a team sport.
I myself come from a place of having dealt with managing and recovering from a whole slew of pretty intense mental health issues throughout the course of my life, all while playing competitive team sports. So I have had to figure out, time and time again, ways to get myself to a place where I could be at practice or a game in a safe and (somewhat) focused way.
At base, talking about mental health is super important because it reminds us that we aren’t alone and it helps move our culture surrounding mental health away from shame and stigma.
So I’d like to share some of the things I have used throughout the years and that I continue to use to help get me to and get me involved in practices and games when I am having a Bad Day (or week or month), but still want to participate. This series is a three-parter, with easy step-by-steps to work through the hard parts of managing your health around practice.