HTLS 2020 - As you get closer to the top, the expectations are a lot: Graf on handling mental health – htls

At a time when athletes from all sports activities are talking up about the significance of mental health, former tennis greats Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi addressed the difficulty whereas talking with senior sports activities journalist Ayaz Memon at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Talking about the pressures that elite sportspersons face on a day by day foundation, Graf highlighted the way it turns into powerful to ask for the greatest from your self day in and day trip.

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“It’s tough to find that emotional balance. Emotionally it’s hard to ask the best out of yourself day after day. As you get closer to the top, the expectations are a lot. You don’t realise the amount of pressure not just from outside, but even from the perfectionist that is within you. Once you walk away, you’re far from having that equilibrium,” Graf stated.

She stated that a lot of gamers discover it laborious to address life after retirement as they are unable to consider what to do after their profession is over

“There’s so much you’re taught in tennis that there’s a big part you’re missing and a big part you gain. But there’s so much it prepares you for the post retirement life. It’s a different phase but I see with players who are close to retiring, they have the question, ‘Where do you go from here’. Because tennis has been all that they know,” Graf stated.

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Agassi added that gamers usually discover it troublesome to address the relaxed life put up retirement as they are used to the stress of taking part in usually.

“When you unplug from tennis it’s almost like PTSD, intensity of engagement – bit like having drugs and not having drugs. Life seems boring for a while. It’s hard to realise life could be a bit more relaxed as well. Sports makes you tough from one perspective, it also makes you a person where you need to disconnect and grow in some other way,” the former US tennis nice added.

He additional stated that it is vital for folks to be self conscious and handle mental health.

“I believe people need to be true to themselves, for that you need to be self-aware. You need to prioritise mental health. We all find our own forms of distraction in life,” he stated.

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