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This Is The Key To Avoiding Burnout

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Athletes know the drill: wake up early, lift, team breakfast, class, team scout, class, practice, team dinner, study hall, homework, and individual film.

They know what they have to do to achieve what they’ve always wanted to. Other people have the independence to dream about what they want to do, what passions to pursue. But for athletes, they mastered the dream years ago, and their independent decision to pursue it led to a commitment that can feel more like a chore than a privilege.

The struggle for athletes is knowing how to keep the passion flowing, how to stay motivated, when the dream becomes reality and they’re struggling with the day-to-day schedule. The struggle of going from work or school to training and trying to maintain social and mental health while being present enough to engage and enjoy all of life’s little moments can be daunting.

It seems that there are two perspectives: the one saying keep following your dreams, never quit, and the other saying look at all the other opportunities you would have if you weren’t dedicating so much time to a game. Often, the latter’s doubt seeps into thought patterns, especially when athletes become overwhelmed or worn down from their rigorous schedules.

Laying out a weekly schedule wherein the hours of practice, team time, and extra effort spent to prepare for a competition can be daunting, especially when one sees non-athletes getting to enjoy the “normal” life of “normal” people.

Nevertheless, the life of an athlete is full of great moments - on the field, with teammates, and in self-growth. Learning how to balance time, how to remain committed to something that challenges the individual for the betterment of the team develops athletes into leaders who will be well-sought after and well-prepared for future opportunities.

It is the responsibility of an athlete, however, at any level to continuously make time to refresh and rejuvenate so as to avoid burning out. From a health perspective, athletes will not be able to physically recover well or perform at max potential if their bodies are under constant stress, even if it’s mentally—not physically—induced.

Therefore, athletes in all walks of life (whether they’re still performing on the field or in the workplace) need to make time to relax, have fun, and enjoy living day to day. If they don’t, in addition to mentally becoming fed up with their rigorous schedule, they will physically be unable to recover and get done that which they most want to and need to.