Just like physical health, mental health is also an important aspect of all athlete’s life, especially on the field. Former India skipper Virat Kohli has opened up on the same and explained the times when he struggled with mental health. Talking about his physical health, he is one of the fittest players in the current era. The 33-year-old has hardly missed a game due to injury.
Meanwhile, talking about his mental health, the right-hander has said that the sport brings the best out of you but the constant pressure associated with it can wear a player down. He said that his tip to the young athletes while maintaining their physical health, they need to be in touch with their inner selves.
“For an athlete, the sport can bring the best out of you as a player but at the same time, the amount of pressure that you are constantly under, can affect your mental health negatively. It is definitely a serious issue and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart. My tips to aspiring athletes would be that yes, physical fitness and focus on recovery is the key to being a good athlete, but at the same time, it is crucial to consistently keep in touch with your inner self, ” the 33-year-old said.
Take time out for yourself: Virat Kohli
The Delhi player has said that he has experienced the times when he has felt alone in a room full of people. This is the reason he said that it is important for people to reconnect with themselves.
“I personally have experienced times when even in a room full of people who support and love me, I felt alone, and I am sure that this is a feeling that a lot of people can relate to. So, take out time for yourself and reconnect with your core self. If you lose that connection, it wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you. You need to learn how to compartmentalise your time so that there’s balance. It takes practice like anything else in life, but it’s something worth investing in, that’s the only way to feel a sense of sanity and enjoyment while doing your work,” the former India skipper said in an exclusive interview with The Indian Express.