Orlando anxiety counseling can help any athlete achieve their goals. Choosing to be an athlete means that you are choosing to play a sport that enhances your individual talents and skills. You have an ability that is not acquired or demonstrated by anyone else but you. However, self-limiting beliefs and anxiety can inhibit your performance. This is when you should seek professional support through Orlando anxiety counseling. Having a neutral member on your team that can teach you ways to overcome anxious thought patterns or give increase your confidence will help you overcome obstacles on the field.
As an athlete, it is easy to sometimes forget your personal needs. In the team mindset dynamic, it is easy to self-identity and just be an athlete where the name or number you are representing becomes your new identity. This is where you need to take a moment and see past the name and number on the uniform. You are more than that. Your feelings and individual impact influence the team whole so it is important to continue to look inward as often as you look to the team.
Yes, others will play the same sport, but they do not play the sport like you. Other athletes do not hustle, work, and push themselves as you do. If you are suffering from anxiety symptoms or negative internal dialogue, you might start to notice this impacting your confidence on the field. Comparing yourself to others or acting like it doesn't matter will is not effective. Orlando anxiety counseling forces you to embrace your individuality. It forces you to connect with your inner mind and how it impacts your outer game.
Being an athlete allows for a deeper connection into your talents and how you can use these talents to understand your process for maintaining mental health and performance. This is where you need to hone in on high amounts of internal validation. An Orlando anxiety counselor will teach you that you do not need to look outside of yourself for external validation because you have all of the validation of who you are as a person and as an athlete inside of you. Embrace that and be part of that you.
Sport, alone, is a complex mixture and blending of cognition, emotions, and fears. Some of these fears are fears of failure, acknowledgment, or disappointment and can lead to crippling anxiety. With the help of Orlando anxiety counseling, you can learn to not let those negative thoughts flood your brain. If you do then you will only produce mental strain and anxiousness where mental walls are put up around your brain and no form of accolades of achievement will be able to get through.
How do you not allow anxiety and self-limiting beliefs to build up so you can improve internal validation for your athletic ability? One easy way to do this is to give yourself acknowledgment of the personal wins at practice, games, or lone workouts. Appreciate what you achieved and what you have accomplished and slowly you will be able to see past your fears, past the number and the name, and see the true you- a strong, independent, and confident athlete! Another way is to seek professional help outside the sport so you can eliminate anxiety and use Orlando anxiety counseling as a resource to be the best at your game!
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.