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How Athletes Punish Themselves

Kevork Djansezian / Stringer

Sometimes, athletes get into the habit of perfectionism, including myself.

We devote ourselves to our sport, trying to get better and better every day.

Waking up at 5 in the morning to hit the weights, then going to practice for 2 more hours, and making some time later in the day for recovery and therapy, and repeating this all over again the next day.

Honestly, I love doing this; I enjoy routines and dedicating my days to beach volleyball.

However, it took me years to realize that the key to everything in life is BALANCE; to enjoy and be happy about what you’re doing, more so if it takes literally most of the hours in your days!

Balance is not hard to achieve in life. 

We just make it harder and more complicated than it really is.

Balance is not hard to achieve in life. We just make it harder and more complicated than it really is.

It is OKAY to go out with your friends, spend time with your family and to spend time with YOURSELF. And most importantly, it is OKAY to listen to your body when you’re too tired or in no condition of being able to perform your best, to take it “easy” at practice, take a rest day or seek help.

Some athletes punish themselves by not going out with friends or family, not eating certain foods, overtraining, denying anyone who offers to help you, and the saddest one of all is to not yourself to have fun while playing your sport.

Only you have the power on deciding whether to do these things or act in a way that not even you (or your teammates) will like to be a part of.

You ARE an athlete and all that comes with it: discipline, dedication, pain, sacrifice, etc. But you are also HUMAN and all that comes with it too: mistakes, sadness, friends, family, love, etc.

The key is to BALANCE both of these aspects, to live your life to the fullest by doing what you love and also letting LIFE take its moments. Don’t forget this: Nothing is a coincidence; everything happens for a reason.

Nothing is a coincidence; everything happens for a reason.