Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. As athletes we are concerned about our future, not sure when we are able to be back on the ice. It is easy for us to become easily distracted and unproductive. The question is how can we keep athletes focused while also helping cope with feelings of change and uncertainty?
1. Acknowledge the uncertainty- our intention as parents and coaches is to keep athletes focused but we need to acknowledge the feelings of concern they may be feeling. Acknowledge that things seem unpredictable at the moment. Don’t get caught in a negative spiral. Move on to talk about how one may overcome these feelings of concern.
2. Don’t compare yourself to others- you may be looking around wondering how other athletes are keeping it together while you’re unable to be productive. Encouragement from parents and coaches is key. Remember things aren’t always, as they seem. If you are having a hard time getting motivated chances are others are as well. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Once step at a time and stay positive.
3. Focus on what you can control- during uncertain times one thing for certain is you are in control of you. Setting goals and taking the steps towards achieving those goals will help you feel more determined and motivated. Have goals that are attainable and try to do something everyday that is going to get you one step closer towards your goals.
Challenge yourself during these uncertain times. Try a new sport. Work harder off the ice. When you challenge yourself and find your focus you just may be surprised what you can achieve.
We can’t wait to be back on the ice with you all when its safe to start training. In the meantime give yourself some grace and don’t forget to work hard, we will all be on the ice before we know it!!