MENtal health should be a priority and taken very seriously. Being an athlete comes with many challenges that several of us face, whether it’s complexities of the sport or feeling pressured to be great at what you do.
As an athlete who battled multiple injuries along with other problems outside of sports, I know what it feels like to be at the lowest of lows. It’s not a feeling that goes away the next day. It takes time, it takes the right people around you, or it may just simply take that someone you can talk to and express what you go through.
There was a time where the game I loved wasn’t enjoyable to me due to other problems I was trying to cope with. However, turning that pain into motivation allowed me to regain focus and find love for the game of basketball again.
I’ve learned over time to not bottle up your emotions. Opening up to people is not always the easiest thing to do, but many people share the same struggles and may need a voice as well. MENtally, it’s important to stay positive and find true peace and happiness in whatever you do.
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