By Bryson Kelpe & Dirk Smith
Mindfulness is about attention and awareness, which are important in high performance situations and in maintaining good mental health. Mindfulness is often a topic of conversation and even the theme of many apps.
‘As long as you are breathing there is more right with you than wrong with you’- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Just saying ‘being more mindful and less judgemental´is not just a philosophy but a way of living and being. In performance, it can be a transformative practice and help practitioners get out of autopilot.
The nonjudgmental part gets people out of negative thought cycles and
ruminations that hinder performance and mental health.
The mind can get caught up in unhealthy thought cycles or states (ruminations). Even basic mindfulness practices can cultivate awareness that allows people to take a step back and observe that they are in a negative thought cycle.
By Dirk Smith, MSc, SDL (He/Him).
It is safe to say that this last year living in the Covid-19 pandemic has not been easy for any of us. From the political instabilities, uncertainty regarding jobs, finances, health, endless lockdowns and never-ending incompetence from governmental institutions, a lot of people (including myself) are really struggling with our mental health during these uncertain times. It is safe to say that once this is all behind us, this time will turn into our generation’s “uphill both ways” metaphor of struggle we bore kids with. However, in order for us to get to that point, we need to take care of ourselves now.
David "Dirk" Smith M.Sc, SDL, CSCS, (He/Him) is a sport psychology expert, strength & conditioning coach, swimming coach, sports diversity leader, published research scientist, teacher, writer, journalist, and athlete. He brings over 12 years of experience, education, and training to empower athletes to build self efficacy, strength, confidence, and express themselves through sport.