Every athlete is familiar with the feeling of pure exhaustion, and how busy things can get especially when you are in-season. For professional golf players, or players who are aspiring to work their way up, sometimes the amount of training that must occur can feel like too much! To be the best golf player that you can be, you must work hard but also learn how to incorporate some self-care into your routine to give your body the break that it deserves. Here are some tips on how you can incorporate self-care into your daily lifestyle:
- Learn healthy ways to cope. If a practice or game did not go how you planned, you must train your mind to cope in healthy ways so that you do not go off track. Learn how to relax your mind mentally, and channel stress or anger through healthy coping mechanisms such as exercise or healthy eating. When things go wrong, try not to get too far off course and ruin the progress that you have worked so hard to achieve.
- Avoid junk food. Regularly eating junk food can not only have an affect on your body, but on your overall mental health as well. Junk food can make you feel tired, which in turn can cause you to feel lazier than you would if you were feeding your body the proper nutrients.
- Get a massage. Treat yourself! Set up time for you to get a massage once every month, or couple of months, so that you can lay back and relax, and give your muscles the recovery that they need to properly strengthen.
- Stretch. Before and after every golf practice and game, make time for yourself to fully stretch. If you do not stretch, you will risk pulling a muscle on the course, and will be extremely sore after a lot of hard work!