We know why achieving balance in our lives is important; it can give us perspective and make us more well rounded humans. It can also teach us lessons which we can apply to improve our athletic performance. So what are some things we can try or implement in our own schedule to achieve a a healthy life balance?
1. Yoga or meditation: Yoga and meditation can help athletes reduce stress, increase flexibility, and improve mental focus. Mindful breathing - even as little as 5 minutes a day - can also help clear the head and provide perspective.
2. Creative pursuits: Engaging in creative activities such as painting, drawing, or writing can help athletes express their emotions and promote mental health. These activities can also provide a sense of personal fulfilment and help athletes develop their creativity.
3. Outdoor activities: Hiking, camping, or even walking the dog can provide athletes with a break from the rigors of training and competition. These activities can also help athletes connect with nature and promote physical and mental health. (I would make sure you have the appropriate gear/footwear to prevent any mishaps).
4. Team sports: If you participate in an individual sport, giving team sports a go outside of your primary sport can provide opportunities for socialization, skill development, and a break from the individual demands of training and competition. Keep it enjoyable!
5. Social life: Catching up with your family and friends is a great way to decompress and think outside of yourself. It allows you to gain perspective on how other people live their lives and what positive things you can learn from their lifestyles.
5. Cooking or baking: Cooking and baking can be a fun and relaxing way for athletes to try new recipes and experiment with healthy and nutritious meals. This can help promote healthy eating habits and fuel athletic performance.
Engaging in hobbies and activities outside of your sport can help you maintain a healthy life balance and promote overall well-being. We cannot train 24/7! It's a great idea to pursue interests and hobbies outside of your primary sport to promote mental and physical health and well-being.
Remember, you will never know if you'll enjoy something until you try it!