Sport Psychology & Wellness Services Resources

Mental Health Awareness Month

The sport psychology staff discuss mental health efforts within Ohio State’s Department of Athletics and also the mental health initiatives announced by the Big Ten Conference:

Join us as we check-in with a different staff member each week to see what they’re doing for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Click here to learn some Tools to Thrive during the month!

Charron Sumler

Candice Williams

Jamey Houle

Chelsi Day

Calm App

Student-Athlete Wellness Tips

Coaches Wellness Tips

How to encourage help-seeking behaviors

Social connection is vital to good mental health. If we can connect on a regular basis we can feel supported and in it together.

Mental imagery is the closest thing you can do to practice, other than actually doing your activity. When using imagery, make sure to be as specific as possible when including all five senses.

We are so excited to have 4 full time mental health professionals in our Sport Psychology and Wellness Services Team. Please reach out if you would like to set up an appointment or to consult. Meet our team!

We are so excited to have 4 full time mental health professionals in our Sport Psychology and Wellness Services Team. Please reach out if you would like to set up an appointment or to consult. Meet our team!

Self-care is not the same as selfishness. The more you are able to take care of yourself, the more you are able to take care of others. Self care, such as listening to music, getting a massage, or seeing friends helps you feel rejuvenated and have more energy for the most important things in your life.

Practice mental rehearsal: Use the Calm app to help with sleep, mindfulness, and focused attention on the task at hand.

Mindfulness is a state of being aware of your current experiences including thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. You can practice mindfulness anytime by slowing down and bringing attention to the activity you are engaged in. You can also practice mindfulness through meditation session on apps like Calm.

If you are able to, reach out to friends, family, and community to members to offer help i.e. running errands, picking up deliveries, yardwork etc. Helping others can boost your mood and refocuses your attention to things that you can control during uncertain times.

Continue to check in with friends and family by sharing positive affirmations or motivational quotes.

When we do not personalize feelings and instead see them as universal, we are able to move through difficult emotions more quickly.

Maintaining healthy social connections is proven to boost your mood, sense of belonging and even physical health. Social connection is more about quality than quantity. Reach out to friends, family members, and teammates for support, laughter or even the occasional ranting.

Reading is a great way to take pass time, educate yourself, and stay mentally active. This could be a good time to explore career fields that interest you, learn about new hobbies/skills, or simply get lost in a good adventure series.

Spending time outside to walk, picnic, or exercise is a great way to focus on things you can control, increase vitamin D, and boost your mood/energy levels. Natural sunlight has countless benefits so grab a ball, book or beats and head outside!

Develop a daily habit of writing down three things you are grateful for. Gratitude is scientifically proven to improve self-esteem, sleep, and mood amongst other things. Try to find ways to say “thank you” throughout your day.

Engaging in physical activity is not only important for your sport goals and performance but also for your mental wellbeing. Exercise relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins.

Boundaries are an essential part of coping with anxiety and stressful situations. During this time, assess your physical and emotional needs and then clearly and compassionately communicate those needs to people around you. For example, “In order to finish a project for school, I will need two hours of quiet time in my room/office space.”

Developing a wellness routine looks different for everyone just as people experience situations differently. These wellness tips are provided as examples of proven ways to improve or maintain your mood, health, and peace of mind. For guidance or individual consulting on how to establish a wellness routine, please reach out to a member of your Sport Psychology and Wellness Team.