Fighting through physical fatigue isn’t easy, but an athlete must be capable of doing it. The more you prove to yourself that you are tough enough, the further you can continue to push. This is why we train hard as athletes, to strengthen that muscle (the mind) that allows you to keep pushing and not give up. To build our endurance, and our belief in our endurance.
The ability to push beyond the feeling of fatigue in our body is similar to pushing through our mental fatigue. An athlete’s mind is trained to push through mental fatigue and find an extra gear. Focus a little longer, think more clearly, remain positive through struggle. And really, we are all “athletes”.
Mental and emotional endurance are difficult to train, but you can draw from it through struggles in life. Build stamina with a few tips:
-Control your self talk: encourage yourself, multiply your energy with your thoughts, eliminate self-defeating thoughts.
-Compete with yesterday: build on what you were able to do yesterday by doing more today.
-Believe this: You are stronger than you think. We often limit ourselves.
Be an athlete in your mind! You can do anything, handle anything, and recover from anything.
Are you touching a ball every day? If no, why not!
I am sharing with you a fairly simple ball handling drill that you can use to increase your control and strength. Controlling two balls at once will increase your hand/eye coordination and keep a ball in your weak hand, ultimately making you more effective with the ball around the court.
The trick here is to be consistent with your work. Some of these reps of 25 are harder, some are easier. Master them all…sticking with it and getting better as you commit to practice!
Ball Handling Drill of the Week: 2 Ball 200
Eight different dribble moves for 25 reps each.
Pound dribbles x 25 reps
Speed Tap x 25 reps
In and out x 25 reps
Windshield wipers x 25 reps
Back and forth x 25 reps
Alternating back and forth x 25 reps
Crossover x 25 reps
Between legs x 25 reps
Complete this ball handling set with two balls for the rest of this week. If you commit to it each day, you will see improvement!
Track it! Complete the 2 Ball 200 as fast as you can each day. Compete against your score to constantly try and beat it.
Quick thought today to share with you: everyone is going through something. Mental health has a range of depths, and affects everyone differently, but everyone has struggled with it at some point. From a bad attitude for a few days, to a real and difficult struggle with depression. We can do a better job at being available for each other if we just realize we don’t really know how those around us are really dealing with life.
Make it your job this week to approach others with empathy and bring a bright moment to their day. Depression and anxiety are real, and many times there is a stigma to talk about it and be open. Treat those that you come in contact with as humans needing a little extra love, support, and hope. If we all do this, we can end up helping someone who needs it, without them having to ask for the help. Recognize the reality of mental health struggles, and decide what you can do it about it for others.
Slow down a little to listen. Smile hard through your mask. Assume the best when you are treated poorly. Make it your job to care.
Incase you didn’t realize:
19% of adults suffer from anxiety disorders
32% of young people suffer from anxiety disorders
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US
Less than 40% of people with anxiety seek help
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