Tips to Overcome Pressure

10 Things to do instead of eating 45 tubs of ice-cream

As gymnasts, we face countless adversities, ranging from big-scale, career-ending injuries, to smaller-scale every day grievances like the inability to nail a certain skill. You may have a sports psychologist who tells you that eating your weights worth in chilled dessert, 30 family-size KitKats, a roast dinner, 22 bags of Salt and Vinegar chips, and the contents of the fridge is probably not the best way to cope. Also the professional may be right, so here are 10 things to do instead.

1. Friends, friends, friends
If you’re feeling blue, socialising may seem like the last thing you want to do, but surrounding yourself with good people is key. You may want to skip some pumping party, but grab a friend or two and do the things you love to do with your (cheer) squad.

2. Family time isn’t just for the Brady Bunch
Your family may drive you crazy at times, but they’re the support team you’re born into. 

3. Talk to someone
If you’re finding that you just don’t have anyone to talk to, or find yourself being oddly chirpy around everyone but yourself when you’re alone, go and find someone who will listen to you. A psychologist may be handy to vent about all the things in life that are bothering you. 

4. Do the things you love (without guilt!)
This may seem like a no-brainer, but going for a long walk, or slothing on the couch watching every series of the Bachelor in one sitting  may be exactly what you need. Being able to unwind, and check out without guilt is a super important life skill. You can’t stay wired all the time. 

5. Go for a dip
Nothing is as refreshing and humbling as a dip in the ocean. Aussie athletes, particularly those who live within driving or walking distance, really need to take advantage of this one a lot more. If swimming isn’t the thing for you, sitting by the shore or dipping your feet in can be just as cathartic.

6. Write it down
Keeping a journal may seem very Dear-Diary-esque, but writing down your thoughts and feelings is a pretty great way of clarifying your thoughts. 

7. Celebrate the little things
Winning medals, personal bests, these competition buzzwords may be exciting and are certainly reasons for celebration. However, recall the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back purely for participating, or hitting a goal for the day. Not all achievements are massive and life-changing. Sometimes, getting out of bed and making it to training is something to be celebrated. Throw yourself a bone, you’ve earned it.

8. Remember why you're here
It’s super easy to get bogged down with the negatives, especially in a sporting world where perfection is the ultimate goal. Write down, or just simply remember why you started the sport, and how you felt during your moments of triumph.

9. Pros and Cons
If you’re finding that the passion you once had for your sport is waning and you feel stuck in a rut, make a list of pros and cons. If you really want it, you can do it. If not, there isare always new possibilities and that’s pretty exciting.

10. Be proud and enjoy life
Address your feelings and understand that little failures are inevitable, but so are the everyday successes. Pat yourself on the back for coming this far and treat yourself to that ice cream goodness.  

The gymnast life can be difficult, but ice cream, or no ice cream, it's a pretty wonderful time. Find your local club.