Mental Health has always been so very important to me. As an Olympic athlete, I was very much focused on my physical health, that is, keeping fit and strong. With my identity as an athlete, it was second nature for me to exercise, eat well, and get optimal sleep and rest.
I was very drawn to things that would benefit my performance. I looked at all aspects to make sure I was able to perform at my best come race day, one of which was my mindset and my mental health.
With a healthy mindset, I was able to withstand the ups and downs of the sport, maintain a positive outlook, keep motivated to train every day, and stay physically healthy with minimal sickness and injury.
In all sports, we can be physically at the same level; when it comes down to who stands on top of the podium that day, is contributed to how we show up energetically, that is our mental strength, our self-talk and our beliefs about ourself which have a direct impact on our how we feel and who we are being in that moment. All this crosses over to life. To stand on top of the podium, referring to reaching your goals and in doing so feeling physically and mentally on top of the world.
In my work as a Life Coach, I see how important it is to get to the underlying mental programs that are behind the actions or non-actions of my clients. These programs make up our mindset and include our identity, beliefs and values and are shaped from a very young age through our upbringing and conditioning.
For example, something that comes up quite often is the identity of ‘I am lazy’. Viewing yourself this way will win hands down every time something energetic is presented to you.
The comfy couch option that you take automatically will reinforce your identity as being lazy, which in turn creates a strong behavioural adaptation, that of self-sabotaging and the end result feelings of self-loathing, inadequacy and feeling down about yourself and the world.