Normally, I felt mentally drained pretty often. I struggled with the mindset of if I’m doing something else other than working, I’m wasting time. I’m the type of person to try organizing everything I have to do, and plan how I would do something/ a certain assignment in my head whenever I find any free time. This free time can be whenever and wherever, like while doing assignments (that need minimal concentration), walking to class, eating, etc.
“Find something where you will get hurt if you don’t pay attention.” -Mr. T
It was just constant thoughts. I didn’t realize how much stress I was putting on my head until I literally put myself into something where I would get hurt if I didn’t pay attention. For me, this was Tennis. Even though I come home late and feel physically tired afterschool because of Tennis, it’s always something I look forward to in my day. Some could just say it’s because I just enjoy the sport, but Tennis has helped me “shut down,” and calm down the constant thoughts I have in a day. In any sport or activity in general, it feels rewarding to be finished for the day, knowing you can continue improve the more you practice. If I could give my younger self advice,
take time for self care, and focus on the present.
This sounds very straightforward and generic, yet so many people struggle with it! What has worked for me is to just focus what I have on hand like individual steps, taking everything one step at a time.
A lofi that has helped me calm down my mind (especially while doing homework)
Recently, I played a Tennis away game against a school where multiple people were telling me that “they’re really good.” When my friends and I got to the school, you could see the opponents warming up were “really GOOD.” It was noticeable that the opponent’s serve was what the girls practiced often because of the strength and speed put into them.
I was not confident at all. The day before the actual game, I was put to play singles. The problem here was that I’ve only been practicing for doubles, meaning that the space I have to hit the ball to be considered “in,” is a lot less than I’m used to.
The second problem regarding singles is my stamina. Compared to doubles, I have to move much more in singles by going back to the court center every time I hit the ball. I tried my best to prepare by eating more foods that would sustain my energy longer beforehand, but halfway through my first game I was already really tired. My hits progressively got weaker, and it was hard to tell who would win because my opponent and I kept tying the score (3-3, 3-4, 4-4). At this point, this is when I started taking individual steps by just focusing on my footwork and hitting the ball, rather than looking at the game as a whole. Only focusing on one thing at a time definitely helped me get through the game despite being exhausted. In the end, it was a well played match, and I won 6-4.