I hope you all had a relaxing first weekend back in the routine of
school! So far we have had an amazing week of practices and
have stepped up to the challenges we have had to be undefeated so
far! It is hard to believe but we are already 1/4 of the way
through the season! We have our great habits formed, know how to
fuel our bodies, have our goals set, we know how to prepare for
meets.Now it's time to talk about managing stress! Settling into a
new routine can be difficult and with school starting again this
can create a new level of stress and anxiety for athletes. I want
to make sure we are setting them up for success in and out of the
One great wayto help manage stress is to have a
PLAN! I want
them to have a plan for even the routine things each day. It helps
keep anxiety at bay when they know when they will wake up,
what their day looks like, when they will eat dinner and when they
will do their homework. Even if they don't need all of the homework
time, they have it scheduled and know whats coming every
day. During our very short season, their social lives may
revolve around the team,
and that is
ok! Being disciplined is a skill that will help
them to have a successful school year after the season ends.
Journaling is another great way to manage stress by getting it down
on paper instead of carrying it around in their minds, which is why
we journal after practice :) This has been a critical part of my
stress management routine and I truly beleive in getting out of
their brains and bodies and down on paper.
We talked about fueling their bodies early in the season because of
it is critical to mental AND physical health! Other great ways to
manage stress include having a positive mental attitude, speaking
with a trusted friend or adult, dancing to a favorite song,
laughing, and doing excercise yoga as we do on Friday's are all
healthy ways to manage stress!
These athletes have rigerous schedules so it is also important that
they are getting rest. Pulling all nighters and getting less then 8
hours of sleep does not set them up for success. Rest is part of
training so it is critical they are getting enough sleep throughout
This also means if they are sick, they need to stay
home! We want them to train when they are healthy and with
all of the germs about to be entered into the equation its critical
that if they are sick, they stay home, rest up and come back to us
at full strength ready to train!
We want healthy ways to manage stress when things get chaotic
and avoid things like binge watching netflix with a unhealthy
snacks. There are pressures all over the place (another reason
I'm not on social media ;)) so we want them to be equipped with
healthy ways to manage the stress and pressures all around them. We
will talk more with athletes about healthy ways to manage stress
thruoghout the week.
Fundraiser TOMORROW! - Tell your friends, family,
co-workers, anyone you meet that lives in Blaine that we are having
a fundraiser for Blaine Swim and Dive. At Chipolte you need to
mention Blaine Swimming and Diving at the register so we can get
credit for your order. You can order online to avoid the
line but make sure you "pay in store"
so you can mention Blaine Swim and Dive!
Meeting - After you pick up your chipolte, you
can head over to BHS for the Booster Club Meeting from
7-8:00pm at the High School!
Athletes in the Water - We are having a bit of
trouble getting athletes to get in the water on time. As a result
we are shifting their meet events accordingly. It is difficult
getting all 75 athletes into meet events and I want to make sure
they are going to athletes who are fully prepared for the meet! If
you have questions please let me know.
Invite - Not every athelte will
participate in Bengal Invite as it is a Varsity Invitational. I
will have the atheltes who are participating in the meet by
Wednesday! Those athletes who are participating are to be at
Northdale by 9am to support our divers!
Schedule For This
Practice 3:30 - 5:30 (JV) 5:30-6:00 (Varsity)
Chipolte Fundraiser and
Booster Club Meeting
3:30 - 5:30 (JV) 5:30-6:00 (Varsity)
3:30 - 5:30 (JV) 5:30-6:00 (Varsity)
Thursday: Home vs.
Anoka Athletes Arrive by 3:45pm - Normal after school
3:30 - 5:30 (JV) 5:30-6:00 (Varsity) and
Zen with Jen - Make sure you have workout clothes!
Bengal Invite Diving @ 9pm Swimming @ 1pm
I am so proud of these athletes and want to make sure they are
managing stress in healthy ways!
Head Coach - Blaine Girls Swimming and Diving