This is a strange time, which is a little scary for us all, but we need to make sure we look after our bodies and minds. Here are some top tips for you athletes from Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Zara Lipsey.
Look After Everyone
With teams not being able to train and gyms not open, and us not being allowed to go to School, college, university or work or play sport in our local parks, it is more important than ever to stay connected and look after our friends and teammates as well as Ourselves.
One of the hardest parts of the current situation is not being able to see our friends. FaceTime and WhatsApp allow us to video call so check in with your friends and teammates regularly to make sure they are doing okay. Social media can be great, but make sure you are safe online.
Fitness & Challenging Goals
In the UK, we are allowed outside to exercise once a day-so use this opportunity to get some fresh air and keep your fitness levels up. Set yourselves challenges you can challenge yourself or your friends.
There are lots of fitness videos available online to help you get started and we would love to hear from you if you create your own competitions or videos of your crazy exercises.
Being off school, college, university or work and not allowed to go to the park can be frustrating. Try to maintain your normal routine by getting up and going to bed at your normal times to aid your sleep quality. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and eating well including your 5 a day. Try not to worry your fitness levels if you are struggling with being motivated, as long as you stay healthy and happy, you will return to these goals when your routine goes back to normal.
If you are struggling there are lots of places with really useful information:
Teen Mental Health: teenmentalhealth.org/
Young Scot: https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus
SAMH Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub
Dr Zara Lipsey has over 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and alongside her therapeutic practice, she also works as an Executive Coach with Ros Taylor Company, providing a highly skilled psychological and coaching service to individuals and teams.
Dr Lipsey has for many years worked with elite athletes supporting individuals’ teams and coaches before and after major sporting events. She is well aware of the impact that high-performance environments can have on stress-levels, psychological functioning and physical wellbeing. She also helps individuals understand the importance of diversity and inclusion to support optimum team cohesion as well as drive strong leadership. Dr Lipsey brings this knowledge into the work she does as an Executive Coach.
Dr Lipsey is zealous about wanting to make a difference to people’s lives and help people aspire to be the best that they can be! She believes that, “Seeking out psychological support is the first step to becoming more successful.
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