April 10, 2018
Roughly one in five American adults suffer from mental illness. Athletes could potentially be more at risk due to the regiment and stress from sports, and can be a serious issue in the life of an athlete.
What is mental health?
Stated by Medical News Today, mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing- it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. It can affect daily life, relationships, and even physical health. Experts believe that everyone has the potential to develop mental health issues, no matter the age, gender, or ethnicity.
It is very important to realize that taking care of mental health is equally as important as emotional or physical health. You want to make sure your body is in shape and that your feelings are well-balanced, so it is important to take care of your mind and thoughts too! The mind is so powerful, and mental issues can take over and create issues that can affect every aspect of one’s life. Even Michael Phelps has struggled with mental health issues, and knows the struggles all athletes face.
Mental health issues are nothing to be embarrassed about, but are very important to address. Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing common disorders and ways to continue life without letting these problems affect you too much! USA Swimming, NCAA swimming, and GA Swimming, are all organizations that want the best for our athletes due to understanding everything an athlete goes through.
Here are additional resources about mental health:
Teaching Tuesday contribution by Megan Kingsley