It is natural to feel overwhelmed, or like you have been “thrown off your game”. We always feel our most tired when we are scared, and these are truly frightening times. No matter what anyone says, if we don’t know what to do, it’s perfectly okay. I repeat, it is perfectly okay. You will be okay.
“Where we is not who we are”
I hear of coaches and athletes sleeping a lot, and feeling guilty about it. A few coaches shared that they feel very guilty about sleeping longer hours now. They felt it was too much! That’s okay because you/ your body are responding to the situation in that way. No two people are alike, so no two people will have the same response. Similarly, others talk about snacking/ eating a lot. Again, that’s okay, because you are responding that way.
But it is important to realise that this is a phase and that it will change. Instead of looking at the lockdown as a holiday, look at it as an unplanned off season.
What do you do in an off season? You would let your athlete rest more, analyse areas of improvement, create a plan to improve your / your athlete’s game, and get started. That’s exactly what you need to do now. While the spatial restrictions are a challenge, there is great opportunity to learn and grow in this time. Rewire how you see this time, it will make all the difference in how you use it.
You don’t have to move a mountain in a day. Maybe it will be a few small things, like getting into work-out gear and doing a new workout, reading something that would help improve your coaching/ athlete’s game, etc. Just make sure you start with some activity every day.
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