Our latest blog breaks down 5 strategies to maintain your strength of mind during COVID-19 so you are poised for an epic comeback! We know times are tough right now, but there is a saying that we believe in - "Tough Times Don't Last: Tough People Do!" We believe in you. We believe in your comeback. We will guide you through the best ways to think, act, and train during these tough times so that when your next season starts - you will be well on your way to a massive comeback!
Here are the 5 ways to stay mentally strong during COVID-19
1. TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW, NOT WHAT YOU CAN'T.
The easiest thing to do right now is to think and talk about what you cannot do. Instead, focus on what you can do, and start implementing those into your daily and weekly training regime. It is important that you stop complaining about what you cannot do - this will solidify in your mind that nothing is possible. The things we tell ourselves and other people are just as (if not more) important than what we think. When you say negative comments aloud, you are constricting yourself to the limiting belief that you are not capable of overcoming or accomplishing your goals.
Learning to adjust and adapt to the unexpected is a key trait of a champion. Right now, you may have to make some adjustments to your mindset, and make the most of what is available to you during uncertain times. A champion's mindset believes that nothing is impossible to overcome, no matter how far fetched, and they act accordingly.
2. STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR 24 HOURS.
This is one of our go to tips for anyone looking to get out of a funk. For the next 24 hours - do not make excuses for anything in your life. The point is to consistently reinforce that anything is possible, and that you will 'FIND A WAY'. Champions always find a way to accomplish their goals, and continue working towards them during the off season while their opponents are resting. Champions outwork their competition, and there is no better time to get started than right now!
Start by not making any excuses for the next 24 hours - everytime you find yourself trying to make an excuse tell yourself "no excuses" and FIND A WAY. It may not be the same exact way you did things before, but you will "find a way" to make it work!
After successfully going 1 day without making an excuse - do it again for another day, and challenge yourself to see how many days in a row you can go without making an excuse!
3. FOCUS ON STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES.
The best coaches in the world preach a simple strategy - "Build on Strengths. Attack Weaknesses''. Hence, if you really want to improve during uncertain times, you will need to have a clear set of goals to focus on. Everyday, practice doing one thing that builds on an area of improvement or supports something you are already good at. It can be physical, technical, diet, conditioning or mental - the important thing is to consistently build on a strength or attack a weakness in ways that work best for you.
4. CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE.
It is so easy right now to fall into a lazy mentality, eat comfort foods, and slack off. The best way to ensure your day is productive is to create a morning routine filled with activities that you are committed to doing everyday. Your morning routine must include:
- Upbeat music (a song or playlist that makes you feel most alive & positive!)
- A very light physical activity to get your blood flowing (like jumping rope, jogging, shadow drills)
- Practice Gratitude: Write down 3 things you are grateful for whether that is your family, coach, faith, physical gifts, or friends that are always there for you. Practicing gratitude for as little as 30 days can help shift your perspective from dwelling on the negative to thriving in the positive.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well and drinking enough water. Sleep and proper nutrition eat directly affects the function of your brain and mood.
5. TRAIN YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MUSCLE: YOUR MIND!
I'm sure you have heard that competition is "all mental" or "90% mental". Coaches may even have told you to "get your head in the game". The mental game really is the difference between a good and great athlete. To be successful in competition, you must have courage, be aggressive, take chances, and not be afraid to lose.
All of these traits may sound scary and intimidating to an untrained mind, and these athletes may hold back during a competition because they are afraid to make a mistake or fail. The purpose of mental training is to push past these mental barriers, and perform to the best of your ability.
Just as we put in physical reps at the gym to build muscle, we must also exercise our minds! Think of mental training as 'mental reps' that build capacity to maintain a strong mindset before, during, and after a competition. Your mindset needs just as much attention as your body to continue improving your skills, and to be successful in a competition.
Now that we have a solid game plan for our comeback, it's time to get to work!
We wish you the best on your massive comeback!
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If Self Harm or Suicide Thoughts Are Surfacing:
Please seek help — we can't stress this enough. The following resources exist to support you through this hard time:
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text "HOME" to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
• Ask someone to stay with you until help arrives.
• Remove any weapons or substances that may cause harm.
• Call 911 if you think someone is in immediate danger and you are unable to reach them. Calling 911 should be used with caution.