Aspire sport life: Quick tips to remain socially balanced in the world of high level training
Maintaining friendships is a challenge for many of us. Add high level athletic training to the mix, and hanging with friends can seem like a chore. But friendships are very important to our well-being. It is backed by research that we tend to thrive in a tribal atmosphere. Even a little social connection here and there can boost the right stuff to help stabilize your health (and performance:) in the long run. If you are struggling to find the time to squeeze in a social session; here are a few ideas to get you through the loading days of training:
Consistency calms us
Send good morning texts to a select few friends.
Open a pocket of time to grab a cup of coffee, smoothie, or cool down walk with a friend; even if it is once a month, be sure to get it on the calendar.
Creativity provides a flow of opportunity
Think outside the box: training mates might drive you crazy training, but if you hang in a different atmosphere, you may see a different side of them. Ask them over to watch a race, match, or something of mutual interest.
Outside the box eventually becomes inside the box
Interact in the moment: instead of constantly making plans to do something in the future – sit for 3-5 extra minutes after certain practices and talk, stretch, or hop on a cool-down bike. By the end of the month you will have banked an extra hour of bonding – which also eases you into the real world of communication and socializing, when sport is not as intense.
Parents of youth athletes can plant a healthy social seed
Find commonalities with other parents.
Set up a time to walk for 20 minutes during your child’s class or training session.
This is not only good for you; it may spark ideas for various interactions that can help build social skills for your kiddos.
For more personal questions or ideas on social interaction for athletes and students contact Aspire.