A new book on the subject by a mindfulness coach says that people who train for sport often find it easier to focus on the positive, rather than the negative, than on negative mental states.
Dr Chris Mok, from the University of Sydney, has written the book Mindfulness in Sport, which was published on Tuesday by Penguin Random House.
It is about the role of sports psychologists and the process of how they integrate their knowledge into a team-based approach to life.
In an interview with the ABC, Dr Mok said that most of us have an initial experience of stress at some stage during our careers, but that the mental stress of being on the road and in front of crowds has a detrimental effect on the health of those around us.
“The idea is that when you’re away, there’s more time to think about the positives and the negatives, and what you can do to reduce the stress that’s associated with it, rather like being in a hotel and there’s no distractions,” Dr Moll said.
“In sports, there are all these distractions, and we need to focus our attention on the positives, rather what’s really going on, and not focus on what we’re doing.”
There are all those distractions, so what you really need to do is to think, what can I do to focus my attention on this positive thing?
“So that’s how I’ve got my students in my program, because they’ve got this positive mindset, but they also have to be able to focus their attention on a negative thing.”
The book focuses on the relationship between sport and mental health, with Dr Moka saying the sport can be a way of dealing with anxiety, depression and stress, which are common problems among people in the workforce.
“A lot of times sports can be an opportunity for people to escape the stress of life,” Dr Pallas said.’
We need to take a closer look at what it means to have a healthy relationship with sport’Dr Mok says that sport, with its high energy levels, can help people get through stressful situations, as well as being a place of escape.
“One of the most important things we can do in sport is to take our minds off of that negative emotion that’s attached to it and think about what positive things we are doing for our body and for our health,” Dr Dr Moko said.
In the book, Dr Palla also says the most effective way to reduce stress is to have the right mindset, which means having a positive attitude, not having a negative one.
“We need people who have a positive outlook, positive emotions, positive attitudes, positive values,” Dr Paul said.”[This means] that if we have a negative attitude, we don’t have a good relationship with ourselves.”
If we have an attitude of anger, we have to change our behaviour to change the way we look at things.
“And if we’re too negative, we lose the positive.
So the key is to learn to be positive and have a balanced approach to the positive.”‘
I think there’s an enormous amount of good that comes from sport’The book is a continuation of Dr Pallas work in the area of sports psychology, and Dr Palls work is supported by the National Sport Foundation.
“It’s really important for the sport to be accessible, it’s really good for the community, it is good for mental health and it is a great place to be, to be with your family and to have your friends and your friends who are involved in the sport,” Dr Tompkins said.
But Dr Pals work has been criticised by some in the sports industry.
“I think that the main issue is that the sports world doesn’t want to get involved in a dialogue about mental health,” Mr Tompkin said.