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Comparing mental health with physical health – solutions

The Similarities

When comparing mental health and physical health its important to you that you understand the reality for many people in this world so you know what to do and what to say because this hard hitting blog will open your perspectives in new ways.

I’ll put to one side clinical mental and physical health because those issues deserve much more attention so this blog focuses on general mental and physical health.

Let’s look at the similarities

  • Everyone experiences physical and mental health
  • Both fluctuate depending on life choices
  • Both can improve
  • Both can decline
  • Both have support organisations offering help
  • Not everyone will experience negative mental and physical health
  • Some take both very seriously
  • Some live a life where both aren’t an issue
  • Some live a life where both are an issue
  • Both are the results of experiences and life choices

The Differences

  • You can see the results of one

We are quick to judge when we see others. It’s how we are programmed in our unconscious minds to keep the human race alive and so we judge people by their looks to help us connect and realise if that person is worthy of our time and attention.

We are social animals so we have to create judgements so we create a social circle that meets our beliefs and values so we fit in and have a support mechanism around us.

Looks Aren’t Everything

The world is full of people of all shapes and sizes and we are quick to judge their physical health based on what they look like.

We see all different types of body types, colours, shapes, heights and we create a judgment based on our expectations and beliefs of the world that allow us to understand what we see and we make judgements on the type of person they may be without actually speaking with them.

Is it fair we judge others without getting to know them?

We form opinions of them just as they form opinions of us.

Let’s say you see someone across the room at a party and they are overweight. It would be easy to say their health is at risk and assume they struggle with phsycial activity. But once a conversation starts, you learn more about their situation and the initial judgment melts away as you create a new understanding and appreciation for them as a human being.

Hiding Behind The Mask

Physical health is obvious and when we consider sports, we know when an athlete is out of shape.

Their data is poor, their times are poor and by looking at how they move, you can tell where they are at through comparing their data and movement with others. There is no hiding from having poor physical health as an athlete.

But mental health can be hidden behind a select few words “I’m OK coach, I’m just tired”, “I’ll get over it. I only missed a penalty”, “it’s another loss but I’ll put more work in”.

Hiding behind this mask not only sends the wrong message to others, but it questions your self-worth, creating a dangerous mix of incongruence and hiding the truth, meaning others and yourself will continue to behave as though nothing is wrong.

Making Choices

As I mentioned earlier there are many similarities between physical and mental health and deciding to do something about it when things are going wrong is a choice.

There are people out there who don’t value their physical health. They will continue to eat junk food, take no exercise, drink too much and live a life that’s over endulgant, even though they know their health is at risk and accept they will work it out for themselves and they will be ok

In the same breath, there are people who don’t value their mental health. They are overwhelmed, feeling stuck but feel they should work it out for themselves and they will be ok.

There’s a lesson I’ve learned over the years that I want to share with you because as much as we don’t like to think of people suffering on their own and there has to be more done to help, we have to accept some people don’t want help.

A New Perspective

But knowing not everyone wants help, we can provide help for those that need help. We have to push harder to provide cultures and environments where admitting you’re struggling, admitting you’re finding it hard, admitting you’re in a challenging place and you need help, is seen as courageous and normal.

These environments and cultures need to be implemented in professional sports and within organisations and anywhere where there’s human interaction and responsibility.

Empowerment And Self-Worth

We have to encourage individuals to appreciate, the choices they make will impact on their health.

We have to encourage individuals to understand what you do doesn’t define you but rather who you are defines you. A person shouldn’t be defined as a footballer that’s made a mistake. A person shouldn’t be defined as a player who’s no longer good enough. A person should be defined through how they approach a problem or challenge and if needed, offered the right support.

What Next?

If this blog has allowed you to understand mental health a little better, please comment and share with your network because as you know, you can’t see mental health issues but you can put information in front of a person, allow them to digest it and make a choice.

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Goal-Keepers : Penalty’s! – The Striker’s Secrets EXPOSED!

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Picture the scene…

The score is 1 – 0 to you

But after a questionable tackle in the box, a defender gave away a penalty

There’s 1 minutes of stoppage time remaining

This is it!

This is the moment where you become a hero or a loser

You need the three points to stave off relegation because anything less than three points send your team down

But you know you’re bad when it comes to saving penalties

YOUR INNER-VOICE IS A THREAT

Your mind begins to wander – your inner voice pipes up…

Why did he have to make that stupid tackle!

If only we scored down the other end when we had the chance!

This player has only missed one penalty in 5 months!

You’ve gone over the data thousands of times!

You know the tendencies of each player on your opponents team and now here you are going one on one with their most feared striker

Again your inner-voice talks to you, trying to persuade you…

He’s more likely to go right, so I’m going right!

But what if he’s going to trick me!?

You see the player take a few steps backwards, poising himself, ready to launch his attack.

The whistle blows…

TIME TO FOCUS

Being a goalkeeper can be a lonely experience

You are the last line of defence

There is plenty of time for your mind to wander, to think…

So when the striker puts the ball on the spot, it’s that moment you need think the right way (focus) rather than the wrong way (distractions)

SUBCONSCIOUS SIGNALS

Every striker will leak information or tells (think poker players). These tells are subconscious signals, that when you understand the meaning, you can anticipate, and as a goal-keeper, anticipating and gaining the psychological advantage is a necessity to your craft.

Strikers don’t even know they are showing these tells!

You might get some strikers who think they are smart and try to fake you out. But let me tell you the thing with fakes.

A fake is identified by an over-exaggerated facial expression or body movement. A widening of the eyes too much for it to be natural is a sure-fire way to know a fake is on its way.

BE CALM AND RELAXED

So as you stand on the goal line, watching the striker place the ball on the spot, you watch and analyse his movements, his facial expressions, the direction of his eyes.

Breathe normally and calm your mind. Allow your mind to focus on the moment, putting all other thoughts to one side, for this moment isn’t one for distractions.

This is a moment to observe, analyse and anticipate for it’s the striker that will tell you what he’s going to do. You just need to know what you’re looking for

It does take time to learn these strategies but think of the rewards saving this penalty will bring you.

BONUS INFORMATION

The bonus is knowing that these techniques work in the normal run of the game!

Learning to shift your focus away from the ball and onto the attackers movements, and facial expressions allows you to gain an advantage.

Here’s a quick tip – when a ball is crossed in, take note of the flight pattern, the trajectory, speed and anticipate where it’s going. Now shift your attention to the players on the ground and how they are positioning their bodies. It’s this moment you make a decision, go for the ball before the attacker gets it, or

The striker secret weapon has been exposed!

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