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Mental Health and Athletes

Athletes are often under immense pressure to perform at a high level, which can take a toll on their self-esteem. Poor self-esteem can affect performance, confidence, and mental health, making it essential for athletes to work on improving their self-esteem. In this blog post, we will explore ways athletes can improve their self-esteem and perform at their best.


1. Focus on Strengths


Athletes should focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. By recognizing their strengths, they can build confidence, which can improve their self-esteem. Focusing on strengths can also help athletes identify areas where they excel and where they can improve.


2. Practice Positive Self-Talk


Self-talk is the internal dialogue athletes have with themselves, and it can have a significant impact on their self-esteem. Positive self-talk can help athletes feel confident and motivated, while negative self-talk can lead to self-doubt and anxiety. Athletes should practice positive self-talk by using affirmations, visualization, and other techniques to reinforce positive thoughts and beliefs.


3. Set Realistic Goals


Setting realistic goals can help athletes build confidence and improve their self-esteem. Unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment and self-doubt, while achievable (start small-bite sized!) goals can increase motivation and self-confidence. Athletes should set goals that are challenging but attainable, and celebrate their achievements along the way. Give yourself credit for each step taken - not just the final point!


4. Surround Yourself with Positive People


The people athletes surround themselves with can have a significant impact on their self-esteem. Negative people can bring down an athlete's mood and self-esteem, while positive people can lift them up and provide support. Athletes should surround themselves with positive people who believe in them and thier capabilities.


5. Take Care of Yourself


Taking care of oneself is essential for improving self-esteem. Athletes should focus on getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in activities that bring them joy. Taking care of oneself can help athletes feel good about themselves and improve their self-esteem.


With improved self-esteem, athletes can face challenges with confidence and resilience, leading to greater success and enjoyment in their sport. Some of our therapists have special interest in athletic performance and identity - claim your free consult today!

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