BIKE AND SCOPE THE FUTURE, @CYCLISTS ARE THE LUCKY ONES
It is not new to hear that a storm is on the way. Difficult times are undoubtedly marked by an economic and social crisis. While this is the subject of our conversations or thoughts, we believe that it shouldn't be too much of a problem, but an opportunity to change and reinvent ourselves.
For example, athletes suffer from injuries, performance problems, and illnesses that prevent them from enjoying their sport. However, according to a study by Galli and Vealey from 2008, athletes always recover easily from setbacks due to their enormous mental strength. Where others sink, they endure the turbulent water. This is a result of experience, but also an exercise in faith and hope.
For decades, sports psychology has made it clear that an athlete's mindset is more willing to accept and process setbacks. Let's say it's similar to an incredible sports spirit preparing to climb a long and hard mountain pass. Athletes know exactly what is coming and the quality of the inner control is essential to successfully crown the top.
Self-motivation, optimism, stress and anxiety control, overcoming unexpected defeats, and coping with physical and mental wear are common features of athletes' personality. Therefore, facing the realities we live in, athletes have luck, thanks to the good tools they have to increase personal resilience and face any setbacks to come.
What is resilience?
Being resilient is nothing special, even non-athletes show an admirable resilience to the hard knocks of life. Being resilient is not a synonym for a cold or calculating person, not further from reality.
Resilience is a skill that leads us into the future, hope and strength. But above all, it makes us act. Resilience can be learned, it is not a personality trait that only occurs in athletes.
Being resilient means that despite pain and adverse circumstances, a person can continue their life without losing control or feeling overwhelmed or even starting over if everything went wrong.
TODAY WE BRING YOU A FEW TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE AND OVERCOME UNWANTED STRESS SITUATIONS, WHICH CAN BE HELPFUL IN SPORT AND LIFE:
Accept that change is essential: there is no evolution without change, and even if you didn't want to evolve at all, change would happen. Adapting to change helps you start more dynamic strategies to distinguish the unchanging conditions from the conditions that can be changed, to improve what you want.
Avoid crisis as an insurmountable problem: often you can't avoid pedaling against the wind or climbing a steep slope or an eternal cycling climb. Something similar happens in life. You cannot prevent very stressful events in your life from happening, but you can respond to them better. Try to broaden your perspective and be aware that most stressors are temporary, not fixed or permanent.
Set small goals that are achievable: if you have to climb a 25km climb, it is not advisable to think about how much to climb, but it is better to gradually drive km per km and set small realistic goals. Keep in mind how far you can go because "Jack of all trades, master of none". If you are able to fulfill some, feel good about yourself! You are already on the way.
Don't be afraid to make decisions: don't ignore problems, don't try to postpone them. If you can do it now and it will save you trouble, do it as soon as possible. If you can't do it now, wait a while without thinking much about it.
Develop a positive view of yourself: Self confidence is one of the most important characteristics of successful athletes. You must believe in yourself and be aware of your limits.
Discover yourself: thanks to heart rate monitors, watts, GPS, biomedical analysis, etc., it is easy to see how our shape should look for every sporting challenge. But for any other setback, it is important that you listen and know yourself. Otherwise, it will be harder to use your skills to move forward.
Keep the perspective: Something bad has not happened to you, does not mean that your whole life is going on or that your personality and your values are too. Define the problem well to tackle it and not to contaminate the beauty of your life.
Think about the good things in you: remember the difficult situations that you went through in life as well as in sports and think about what was the key to your recovery. If it is clear, start over, because what worked positive can work positively in other circumstances.
Take care: that your job or other activities are not the only things that take up your time. Eat healthy, rest, spend a lot of time with people who make you feel good and ride, ride and ride without stopping.
Perseverance and trust are your allies. Just like cycling, the more consistently and demanding you are in your training, the better able you are to take on challenges.
Remember: you were not born resilient, you practice it. Recognize your own powers and develop your skills. Think of every adversity as an opportunity.