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Written by Olivia Arambula, LPC Mental health is the state of your emotional, psychological and social well-being. The state of your mental health can have an impact on the way you cope with stress, interact in your relationships, view a situation, and behave in general. With all the different components that mental health can impact it is easy to see how it would influence your quality of life. When you hear good and bad mental health, it is not a judgment of how you are or what you’re feeling, rather, it refers to your ability to cope with life’s challenges, develop fulfilling relationships, adapt to changes and setbacks, and have a positive sense of self-worth.   The state of one’s mental health is not static in nature, meaning that it can be ever-changing. Depending on what is occurring in your life, how you are coping with it, and how many protective factors...
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Written by Olivia Arambula, LPC. When you watch an athlete competing, you are watching a surface level representation of what that athlete is about. You yell and cheer at them to go faster, to not make dumb or frustrating decisions that you wouldn’t have made if you were playing. What you don’t consider is what that person is experiencing during a competition or even the days, weeks, or months leading up to that moment.   Athletes must learn to hone their physical abilities as well as their mental capabilities. They are put under immense stress and pressure by themselves, their coaches, their teammates, and the spectators. The high pressure can be caused due to a fear of disappointment, failure, or unrealistic expectations. This stress and pressure to perform in a given moment creates a lot of anxiety and, depending on their mindset and performance, it can impact their self-esteem and...
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