Back home following practically 3 months of confinement due to the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh states he fought towards his mental demons in the course of the lockdown phase by looking through a ton of “motivational” literature. With his father, who is a cardiac affected person, and two young ones back home in Kerala, Sreejesh admitted that it was difficult to keep absent detrimental views in the course of the lockdown period but he channelised his vitality by looking through — American Olympian triathlete Joanna Zeiger’s ‘The Champions Mindset – An Athlete’s Tutorial to Mental Toughness’.
“It was really difficult as our life-style modified entirely. The principal detail was to strike a stability in your views. My father is a coronary heart affected person and I have two young ones — daughter who is 6 and a son who is 3. So I was additional concerned about their well being since the two are in high threat age teams,” Sreejesh told PTI.
“On one facet I was sensation homesick and on the other I failed to want to threat them by heading home due to the fact there were being likelihood of contracting the virus while travelling.
“So I obtained associated into looking through for peace. I examine a ton in the course of the lockdown, from fiction, non-fiction to motivational publications. These served me to believe otherwise. The Champions Mindset is a ebook that I examine once again.”
The ebook is created by Zeiger, who was the 2008 Ironman 70.3 earth champion and represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in triathlon.
The ebook talks about mental toughness and comebacks of athletes in professional athletics. The Indian men and gals hockey groups were being stuck at the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March twenty five when the governing administration introduced the nationwide lockdown to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
But on previous Friday, the “homesick” hockey players were being authorized to leave the facility following getting granted a month’s split. Although he is back at home, Sreejesh nonetheless has some time just before he can enjoy with his young ones or roam about freely as he is at this time serving fourteen-working day home quarantine as per the tips of Kerala governing administration.
“I am really content to be back home but I am nonetheless confined in a space in the to start with ground of my property. My loved ones associates are all keeping downstairs and I am less than home quarantine upstairs,” claimed the 32-12 months-previous. “Although I can see my youngsters but I can not touch them and it is really really disheartening.”
India’s quantity one goalkeeper claimed while they were being in a risk-free area at SAI, Bengaluru, they essential a month’s split as gradually the players were being sensation mentally fragile following getting absent from home for these types of a long time.
“We were being in the finest and most secure area. Although we were being less than lockdown but nonetheless we could roam about within the campus in modest teams. But we by no means experienced these types of a prolonged camp and it started to impact the players. Absolutely everyone started to miss out on their people,” Sreejesh claimed.
“At one position we were being not able to take that. It was the exact same regime from early morning till night time and we started to come to feel mentally weaker. “The split will do a earth of superior to the players. We will return fresh new both mentally and bodily. Our minds will be absolutely free and keen to function more durable.”
With uncertainty hanging about resumption of hockey, he claimed as team they are missing aggressive action. Sreejesh, who will be that includes in his 3rd Olympics at Tokyo, is determined to end his career with an Olympic medal.
“Tokyo can be my previous Olympics but I normally prefer to keep modest targets. Certainly a medal at the Olympics is the top aim,” claimed Sreejesh, who performed in 2012 London and 2016 Rio Game titles.
“It is normally better to enjoy one Olympics and return with a medal than enjoy in 3 and return empty-handed,” the previous skipper signed off.
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