THE BIGGEST WALL WE HAVE TO CLIMB IS THE ONE WE BUILD IN OUR MIND.
As a climber, we are constantly torn between told how to look like by society and how to look in order to be strong and achieving our goals. This constant dissonance between our ideal social body image and ideal athletic body image can cause insecurity, disorientation and in turn, can have effects on our mental health.
Being able to control our mood can be very helpful – especially in passion and emotion rich sports like climbing. Music can be one useful strategy to handle negative emotions like distress, nervousness, or anxiety.
Emotions can influence a result, particularly in highly competitive situations. Emotions arise through our actions and are dependent on previous experiences we have made as well as on how we judge these situations
You might have read my last blog post “Why are you nervous? Haven’t you had mental training?” This blog post is a follow up with LESSONS LEARNT #2 from the experience I’ve recently made at a youth comp – or rather, the observation & conclusion I have made.
Is being nervous a bad thing? A summary of my experience of observing a youth comp.
What happens after your sports career? What do you do when you’re “too old” to compete? Have you ever thought about this?
High performance athletes are challenged to keep their physical and mental health in balance. The line between adequate and insufficient recovery time for the body but also for the mind is very thin and any little deviation can have a big impact on an athlete’s performance. If an athlete doesn’t have the opportunity to get support, he/she might end up experiencing depression, anxiety of eating disorders, which are common issues among athletes. This doesn’t mean to pathologise athletes’ experiences but to value the human behind the performance and to take unpleasant states such as performance anxiety, nervousness and doubts seriously.
How can we better deal with jet lag? Why do we get it and what happens to our body?
What can we do to get a good night sleep – also when we are away from home?
Multiple scientific studies have proven that a lack of sleep can have multiple negative effects on our body and physical performance such as short time sleep restriction can impair concentration, decrease patience, and lower motivation as well as increase irritability.