In the article “Raising Their Voices” (Upfront, Gross, 2021) I learned that we all may know sports are a fantastic way to get yourself involved and out there. They serve to distract you from anything going on around you. When you are playing in a match or a game your main focus, your main priority is on the game. Playing sports will help with your stigma, play making and fitness, but they can also become over whelming. With long back to back practices after tough games and having to time manage to work around your schedule, playing sports can be adding to your mental health. This is because you target your plans and accord your schedule to your practice times and your game days that most of the time you forget about the requirements you need. Rest days are essential to you but as we all may hear from our coaches “no days off” can be very stressful because now we have to chose between wanting to be better vs. doing what’s better for you.

I strongly believe that sports indeed do help me as much as they kill me mentally. As an athlete myself I struggle greatly with time management. This is because I have to be a student athlete before anything. Meaning that I have to complete all my home work, attend 3 hour practices after school and 1 hour shoot arounds before school, make sure I am eating all my meals at the correct hours, coming home and showering, but also making sure I get enough rest. Having a 24 hour time frame is stressful to me as I got so much going on practices although can be tiring so can game days and having to come to school the next day tired and sleep deprived messes with me mentally because I have a negative cogitation since I haven’t been well rested and extremely stressed out the whole week. As my weeks get overwhelming and the only rest days I have are on weekends that is the only sense of relief I get in a weeks worth of time, but even some days I get no breaks because I still have assignments from school to be complete and turned in on the weekend.

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Glora Jain
Glora Jain
October 27, 2022 3:24 am

Sports are a great outlet for mental health. The physical stimulation and social connection that sports provide can be helpful to your mental health. Sports also help you build confidence in yourself and feel more confident about your abilities. Sports can be a form of recreation or competition, but it can also be a way to express yourself and what you like to do. If your sport doesn’t fit into the team structure at school or work, it might be easier for you to find another outlet for your energy and creativity. Reading article is good because it helps you to get no deposit casino bonuses

Last edited 1 year ago by Glora Jain
October 7, 2022 8:46 pm

Dear Yaslin

I am impressed by your post, “Do Sports help your Mental health relief or add to it?” because sports may help a person forgoet about problems that may occur. But because of sports, i do notice stress building up due to school and sports adding up you will have less time to do work which can stress you out.

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “As my weeks get overwhelming and the only rest days I have are on weekends” I think this is important because your time is always full and you will have to get things done on your own time. The weekend has seemed to be the only time of relief even if it is busy. 

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the health of athletes is important.  I want to see the continued benefits of sports and what effects it has on people.

September 23, 2022 12:55 am

Dear Yaslin,

As a teacher and mom it worries me to think about our youth being so busy they don’t have enough time to sleep! I’m so sorry you have experienced such stressful moments in your life. I will say I remember being pretty stressed when I was in high school. I was so busy and stressed in high school that when I started college it felt like a relief! One of the strategies that did make high school more manageable was doing my homework on the bus and while I waited for my event in track or cross country. Is that something you are able to do? It must get complicated when we teachers assign work that is online. What strategies have you found to be helpful?

Ms. Navarro

September 19, 2022 6:29 am

Dear Yaslin,
I am impressed by your post, “Do Sports help your Mental Health Relief or Add To it?” because you mention how athletes use sports to get distracted and have some fun. I also agree with you on the fact that the sports can sometimes get overwhelming. Sometimes it is more stressful to actually play. No days off is something that all atheltes I am sure have heard before which is why I relate to it.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I strongly believe that sports indeed do help me as much as they kill me mentally. As an athlete myself I struggle greatly with time management.” I completely agree that they can kill me mentally. I also struggle with time management but I try my best to do it as best as possible. Not sleeping enough is also a big aspect of all this because without good rest than you might not be able to last.
Thanks for your amazing writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your topic was interesting as well as your choice of words!

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