The career as a high-performance athlete is too short. If you are lucky enough you can retire at your 40s like a football player, or maybe at your 30s like the Olympic rhythmic gymnast from Spain, Carolina Rodriguez.
You never know when retirement is going to come, but one thing we all want is to actually decide the right moment to do it.
And after you finished… Then what? LIFE START!
However, you are still leaving while you are training, and I want to make clear that sport is something you do, not who you are, because you are so much more than that and your potential goes beyond that.
So, how to find the Balance and enjoy your years?
Make sure you do other things while you are an athlete. It could be cooking, writing, painting, filming, dancing, photography. On your time off, explore different activities. Who knows! You might be ended up a new passion! This will bring you more relaxation and joy.
2) New Friends.
As you explore new things, you’ll find new people that might have things in common with you, maybe the same passions and values, but also they will offer you a new perspective of life that you might find useful and interesting or not. If you never try you’ll never know.
3) Family time.
I cannot emphasize this one enough! Families are the only ones that will give us that cosy, warm, homey love that we need so much to keep going.
I’ve been talking with lots of Sports Mothers and all of them shared with me how important is Family Love and how this helps athletes overcome fears, insecurities, and even anxiety and boost their confidence and self-stem. Learn more about it here.
4) Zen Zone.
A moment for yourself. Meditation, relaxation, going to the beach, music, journaling or reading. Find your own Zen Zone to help you disconnect from everyday responsibilities and connect with your inner being. Create your own space and routine to help you relax and restore. Nothing can beat a clear mind.
5) Always Talk.
You are surrounded by lots of people that like you, are working to achieve the results. Share with them what is worrying you or maybe some new ideas to help you find the balance you need. Your Coach, your teammates also have a life beyond the sport and you can support each other so it feels more aligned with your common goals and mission.
High-Performance sports are very demanding but also very rewarding. I don’t regret anything about my 17 years as an elite gymnast, however, now I look back and reflect on how things would have been even better for me with some extra tools to help me find the balance I needed so much.
With these 5 you are ready to start! Remember that with this, you also need constant practice to achieve what you want. And if you want to understand more, chat about this topic and get extra help, go here and explore how we can do this together.
Have a Golden Day!