Mind-Body Connection - Page 4
Develop a Mental-Skills Training Program
- Anxiety. Pinpoint what causes stress and anxiety in your training. Practice even breathing and exhale your stress and anxiety.
- Control. Draw a circle on a piece of paper. Jot down what you can control inside the circle and what you can’t control outside the circle. Seeing these variables on paper will help you separate them in your mind.
- Imagery. Imagery is the practice of visualizing an event, employing as many senses as possible. Before your race, imagine your race plan, how the course looks, how you feel positive and in control, etc.
- Self-Talk. Develop a mantra to repeat to yourself when workouts are difficult.
- Routines. Developing a healthy pre-race routine (like jogging, light stretching, can bring a sense of consistency to your performances.
For more tips, visit the Association for Applied Sport Psychology on the web at www.appliedsportpsych.org.