After the spring 2020 season was cut short, many student-athletes were left wondering what would happen going forward. From the loss of being a part of their team to missed scholarship and college opportunities, student athletes have been forced to live in a challenging and confusing time that would normally be full of excitement and lasting memories with teammates.
A big life lesson a lot of us have learned this year is that we can’t control much in life. External factors that we often take for granted are not as stable as we once thought. There are, however, things you CAN control, and it’s important to identify and lean into these things. Whether you are a student athlete, or you are a parent or caregiver supporting a student athlete, here are some practices that can bring back a sense of purpose and drive.
You are full of energy. Structure and routines are important features in an athlete’s life and it’s important to keep moving forward with those things. Your sport is your outlet for energy, frustration, socialization, and many other things. Setting and accomplishing goals is a huge part of what makes sports such an important and valuable piece of your life.
Staying connected to your team and other athletes is huge. Your teammates are truly the only people who can really understand how this is affecting you.
Entering each day with a positive mindset controls how you live each day. Find the good all around you to combat the cycle of sadness or anxiety you may be struggling with.
In a year full of unknowns, waiting to see whether or not you’ll be playing as usual or on hold for the future, it’s important to take a moment and consider how to “control the controllable”.
If you need additional support or want some one-on-one counseling regarding supporting student athletes, please reach out to us. Our therapists have experience specific to helping athletes in all areas of their lives.
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