Depression in Sport

So what exactly is Depression? Depression is a serious issue; it is not a sign of weakness. It’s a genuine illness that can hit anyone at anytime. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration …

The Benefits of Effective Visualisation

Effective visualisation can help to enhance performance through the following benefits:   Improved confidence Improved concentration Enhanced motivation Emotional control Acquire, practice and hone specific skills Strategy improvement Preparation for competition Coping with pain and injury Problem Solving   Improved confidence One of the biggest sources of enhancing confidence is through previous performance achievements. Effective visualisation techniques can help you …

The four pillars of a meaningful life

Modern day culture is obsessed with finding the secret to happiness, but could there be a more fulfilling path? In her recent TED talk Emily Esfahani Smith tells her story of how studying positive psychology lead her to discover that there is a more fulfilling path than simply chasing happiness itself.   Data shows that despite life getting objectively better …

Causes of Stress

Worrying about things that might never happen can often cause people to feel stressed such as worrying about future events, or what people may think about you. People can get on a downward spiral with negative thinking habits that may lead to chronic stress.   The good news is that you can control the stress levels in your life by …

Competition Toughness

Three key areas of competition mental toughness are– handling the pressure, belief and the ability to regulate your performance. Developing your mental toughness allows you the advantage to be able to deal with challenging situations and change your approach – something which can set you apart from  your opponent.   Handling Pressure   How you view the pressure of competition   Many …

Simple Steps to Improving Happiness

How can happiness be increased?   Since most of us want to be happy, what practical steps does psychological research suggest we can take to increase our happiness? Here are some practical steps you can take to enhance your optimism and be more satisfied with your life on a day-to-day basis.   Smell the roses – Fourteen simple things to …

Visualisation : The When the Where and the How?

  Types of Visualisation There are two main types of visualisation used by athletes, motivational and cognitive. Both types can be used to improve self-confidence and then ultimately performance. Motivational visualisation is used to visualise goals and goal orientated behaviours around performing well, it is also used to relax or psych up. Motivational visualisation should put you in a place …

Effective Goal Setting

  “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up somewhere else”   Goal setting’s an extremely powerful technique for improving both performance and general well being. There’s overwhelming evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of goal setting in both sport and business; having an effective goal setting strategy enhances the chance of reaching long term objectives and can increase …

Visualisation

  What is visualisation?   Visualisation – also called ‘imagery’ or ‘mental rehearsal’ is one of the key psychological skills available to enhance performance. It is the process of mentally creating an experience or intention, typically from memory, which imitates reality. We all visualise when we day dream or see things in our mind’s eye. Many successful athletes routinely use …