HYPNOSIS FOR SPORT: RETRAINING THE MIND
Hypnosis for Sport. It’s a REAL tool!!
The world continues to be gripped by the Coronavirus global pandemic. Even if restrictions are easing in your area, you still might not be able to do your chosen sport or physical activity as you would normally due to social distancing, the cancellation of seasonal programs or venues remaining closed for instance.
This is where Hypnosis for Sport comes in because this situation affects everyone, whether you are a recreational, amateur or elite sports person. Even if you CAN train as you would like, we have all spent many months unable to train, so it can take awhile to get back to where we need to be.
Athletes (amateur or elite) require many attributes to excel at their chosen sport or activity – practice, determination and skill are just a few.
BUT did you know….
“Sport is 10% physical AND and 90% mental.”
Whoever coined the phrase (and no-one actually seems to know!) referred to the ofte neglected importance of mental attitude in sport.
Athletes are well aware of how physical condition can affect performance – but how aware are they of MENTAL conditioning?
Sport is largely about strength in adversity, and that makes it particularly relevant in our current world. Sports coaches are now turning more and more to visualisation techniques,
mental strength and positive outlook advice ot help their athletes maintain their mental conditioning and mental strength.
“The power of imagined practice is huge…it reproduces the neurological routes that would occur if we performed the situation in reality” (Fisher, 1986; cited by Jiménez, 2007).
How can athletes use this period to work towards long term success? Athletes across the globe will be feeling the anxiety of being unable to train as they would wish at this time, and uncertainty about what the future holds; when they can resume normal training and when they can resume normal competitions, games and seasons.
It is a time for them to look to their creativity to prevent any dip in mental performance.
Here are a few strategies athletes can adopt to maintain the necessary levels of mental strenght and stamina:
• Heighten your awareness of your health and physical needs.
This is not the time to say ‘stuff it’ and go bananas with food and alcohol. Maintain your eating and sleeping patterns so when you can resume your sport, your body is ready and primed.
• Develop an appropriate training regimen – whatever that might look like.
Maintain a routine – do the same thing at the same time each day. It might not be the same as waht you are used to (eg a run local to your home vs running on the athletics track) however it keeps your mind and body in the rythm of having a training routine.
• Talk to your peers.
You are not alone and discussion with others in the same situation will help.
All athletes know – MARGINS MATTER.
And hypnotherapy – training the mind – can open the doors to those margins. Hypnosis for sport can provide and hone:
Confidence – the certainty that physical and mental elements are in place for optimum performance
Motivation – the need to remain constantly motivated can be enhanced by positive thought processes
Focus and Mental Toughness – focus must be intense and constant, with concentration high
Rehearsal Techniques – visualisation of performance
Whatever the sport, whatever the level, hypnosis for sport can give every athlete the edge – the extra seconds, strength and stamina that lay within those margins.
Hyphnotherapy can help you keep your “head in the game”.
For fun, here is the link to the International Olympic Museum. I have been fortunate enough to go there in person – check it out below, you won’t be dissapointed!!