Sports injury can be serious physically. Moreover, it can be hard to overcome psychologically too, because no athlete wants to face the possibility of never being able to return to the sport again. For those who are injured or know someone who is, this entry will provide resources on how to handle sports injury and psychological problems it can cause. It will also give parents advice on how to treat their injured kids.
This article suggests 14 ways to overcome sports injury and setbacks, as well as some other good advices. I like it because it discusses each point clearly and tells the reader exactly what they should do. “It may be hard to sit on the sidelines or watch other people do the things you used to be able to. You have to find a new identity that is not just as an athlete or fitness-junkie. There is more to you than that, embrace it.”
For those who are experiencing psychological hardships because of sports injury, here are 2 articles on anxiety and depression. This blog talks about the anxiety during recovery. It makes suggestions for the athlete during recovery and rehabilitation, as well as for coaches and parents on what attitude they should hold toward the player. “Remember that after a sports injury, it’s normal to feel mild apprehension about recovery. It even serves a purpose by providing some protection from re-injury. However, if you feel persistent and intense fear, it can disrupt your return to the sport.”
This post focuses on overcoming depression after injuries. It discusses athlete depression in great details and suggests ways to cope with it. It also stresses that it is important for athletes to pay attention to their emotions so they can stay psychologically healthy. “Your mind races as you consider recovery time and the impact it will have on your game. But if the stress and frustration turns into long-term feelings of hopelessness, being upset about your injury could escalate to depression.
Finally, this article is from a mom of an athlete. She talks about how her overreaction towards her kid’s injury has taught her a lesson. She makes suggestions to parents on what they should do after injury so that their kids will not feel embarrassed. “All of this is not to say the subject of injuries in youth sports shouldn’t be taken seriously. They should. If a parent feels their child has been injured, especially if they suspect a head injury, my advice is to take every precaution for their health and safety.”
In this busy world, sleep time can be precious. However, our biggest enemy, restless, sleepless nights, often gets in our way. As we toss and turn in bed, we just cannot get all the thoughts out of our mind. We start to get anxious about not getting enough sleep, which makes it even harder for us to fall asleep. Here are some natural and free or low-cost strategies to cure mild to severe insomnia.
This post recommends 10 habits that we can develop in order to have better sleep. It points out that if we want to have good sleep, the first thing is to value sleep more. “When you’re short on zzzs, you’re also more likely to overreact to minor incidents, feel stressed out, and blow your top.” With a higher priority, we will start to pay attention to our life style and change our habits for better quality sleep.
This slide show explains more about what insomnia is and why it might happen. “Sleep is not an on-and-off switch,” says an expert in clinical psychology. “Your body needs time to unwind and ready itself for shuteye.” This suggests that it is more helpful to develop good habits that allow us to fall asleep easily than to seek immediate but temporary treatment.
This article introduces a new clinical treatment for insomnia–Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT). It gives more scientific explanation on sleep cycles and the cause and treatment of insomnia. It also talks about things we can do ourselves to have better sleep. Here is one suggestion on dealing with anxiety about insomnia: “One way to reduce anxious thoughts is by asking yourself ‘what’s the evidence for and against these thoughts I’m having.’ Not surprisingly, there’s usually ‘very little evidence for the irrational thought.’ Then, you can come up with an alternative thought or new explanation.”
If you are looking for something immediate and practical, this youtube video is a powerful guided sleep meditation talk-down. It is the best talk-down I have used–I fall asleep every time listening to it. Just give it a try; it really works!
Eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating, are some of the most prevalent psychological illnesses among young people. If you, your friend, or one of your family members is suffering from an eating disorder, you need to take action. This entry will provide resources to help you.
First of all, this Buzzfeed article contains 17 stories of eating disorder survivors. They talk about their discovery, trauma, treatment, and survival. I hope that these stories can tell patients that they are not alone and to have faith in treatment. The author says, “One thing is certain: Eating disorders do not discriminate. And all too often, they are neither obvious nor visible in presentation. All too often, they are stigmatized, or silenced altogether.” This YouTube video is another story from a survivor. The young woman encourages, “You can choose to beat this. You are strong enough. I am strong enough. You are beautiful enough, and I am beautiful enough.”
For those who are looking for online support, this website has users that share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. It provides online meetings, stories of others, literature on the disorder, etc.
Finally, the National Eating Disorders Association provides information and resources for people seeking help for themself and others.