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The stress response system has a huge impact on how we perceive situations and how we can move into a more “survival” part of our brain. This cycle can show us how our emotions are affecting our reactions that lead to stress, anxiety, anger, irritation that can lead to contributing behaviours.
Parents are a huge support in a young athlete’s journey. They also pay a large level to their athlete’s stress and performance. Finding the mind space and the balance in contributing to your athlete’s stress and their positivity levels is very important, especially during this upcoming season. Modelling the ability to be calm, focused and be in the present moment can then be shown to our athletes that they can use in their season.
Managing fear, for both parents and athletes, is a challenge that is very common. Focusing on the things that you can control, being confident in yourself, and having courage are all actions that you can take to manage the inevitable road block that fear can create.
It can feel nearly catastrophic as soon as you begin to doubt yourself. It is a difficult battle that can resemble quicksand and can be debilitating during a game. Preparing for when you are face doubt is a great tactic. What is it that you do best? What is it that your team does best? Having a safeguard or a plan for when you are faced with doubt makes it that much easier to come back from it and remain focused, calm and confident.
Being able to recognize your own body’s signs of worry and anxiety can allow you to aware of what can be triggering to you and working around your stressors. Worry and stress are daily issues that you can face, especially in athletics. Learning new tactics to deal with your worries and stress levels, such as mental preparation, exercise and regulation can set you up for success in your daily routine and in your season. A solid balance between rest/rejuvenation and performance and skill building is of the utmost importance, now more than ever.
Acknowledging that you are disregulated is the first steps that you can take to find your way back to your normal state. Find out what you can do in order to combat these issues that you are facing. We have a great sheet available here that can track your lead and lag measures towards your issues that you face daily. Feel free to download this and use it as a tool.
Here is a great video for practicing box breathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEmt1Znux58
Journalling is a great way to release your negative thoughts, feelings and is also great for regulating your emotions. Finding a short amount of time to journal daily can lead to mental and emotional clarity in the long run.
How can I stop the worry? Find a strategy that does not show your athlete the worry that you are feeling. Adolescents exposed to adult ways of thinking or feeling can put them in a situation where they are on overload trying to process your emotions as their parent. Finding a group or person that you can speak your worries to is a great tool. Recognize and evaluate your worry before it has a change to affect your athlete.
How do you get your young adult athlete to incorporate these tools and be more involved with the positive mental aspects of the game? Hold your athletes accountable for their other responsibilities and expectations Allowing our athletes to not show up in other aspects of their life outside of sport is the most important thing in maintaining the positive mental aspects both in their sport and their lives. Performance is not only important in sport, but is also contingent in your life. This can also teach them to use the same tools in combating their daily struggles and stressors in their games, conditioning and practices as well.
Thanks Cory, I am sure your team could create that also for team accountability
What are the metrics that you tracked to give an analytical number related to hockey performance in the “Success Pyramid”? Plus/minus, ice time, length of shifts (anything over 40 seconds was a negative), give away, face off, turn aways. This measurement depends on the coach and what is important for your team.
Being open and having conversations can allow you to be an active participant in your own success. You need preparation and a plan, while being able to adjust and use it as a working process to your game.
As parents, role modelling is one of the greatest gifts you can give your athlete. Show them how you can be more positive in adverse situations, how you regulate your emotions and thoughts, and show them the tools you use to keep yourself regulated.
Hold yourself and your athlete accountable - even if it means that you both struggle in meeting certain expectations!
Thank you all so much for attending. Here are some of our resources that you can access through our website. Perfection is a Ghost Course - https://igotmind.ca/course/perfection-is-a-ghost/Prepare to Adapt Course - https://igotmind.ca/course/prepare-to-adapt/Success Strategies Program - https://igotmind.ca/membership/success-clients/
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