Friday, July 31, 2015

Find your ZONE


As we close out the month of July, some of you may be sad that we're more than half way through 2015, while others of us (me!) are ready to welcome August with open arms. Many things happen in August for student-athletes.. specifically football players. Fall starts... School starts... and of course... CAMP STARTS! For those of you who are not familiar with camp life for football players (and coaches!), let me just say that these guys are busy from sun up to sun down 6 out of 7 days of the week for the entire month up until the season begins! Whether you (or someone close to you) are a college student-athlete or a young man who's getting ready for youth football to begin, this may sound familiar to you!

From practices, to workouts, to meetings, to team building... these fellas will be in their ZONE during camp and well after. But what about their, or even YOUR, personal zone? In other words, how can you ensure you take care of your mental health and well-being while you're putting your all into showing up on the field or in the weight room (or maybe at work or school)?

Here are some tips on how to focus in on your personal zone as we soon approach August:

// Set GOALS
New Years isn't the only time to start anew and create new goals for yourself... I encourage you to develop short-term and long-term goals throughout the year! Aim at what you strive to accomplish quarterly, monthly and/or weekly! This can totally help you stay focused during your daily tasks at hand, ensuring you are taking steps to attaining your personal goals.

// Take time for some positive SELF-REFLECTION
It's hard for some to celebrate or appreciate the quick wins in life. Did you run your fastest? Squeeze in one more rep than the norm? Check something off your to-do list? It's imperative to reflect on what you accomplished and acknowledge it! There's nothing wrong with a dose of positive reinforcement!

This is one of the best gifts you can give yourself to stay in the moment... by focusing on your breath for 2-3 minutes at a time. Close your eyes, and pay attention to how your air comes through your nose and out of your mouth. The minute you focus in on your breath is when you clear your thoughts and mind! This can be very useful when you're stressed or have too much going on in that head of yours.

Embracing your personal zone looks different for each of us... maybe your personal zone brings you peace by singing, surfing, hiking, spending time with your family. I know in Southern Cali, this image below captures MANY of our personal zones!

Hermosa Beach Strand
As you embark a new month and even new week, think about these 3 tips that can help you stay in your personal zone, as well as your athletic/ work/ school zone!

How will you ensure you stay in a good and healthy personal zone?

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