Numero: 88. Año: 5.  Lugar de Edición: Barcelona, España Editor: Juan Pablo Cervigni

(ISSN 2696-5151)

Numero de Visitas: 315

Autora: Lic. Nina Stević (Serbia).

– Masters degree in Psychology ( Psychotherapy)

– Masters degree in applied psychology ( Sports psychology)

– Member of Center for Sport Psychology, Belgrade, Serbia

– Member of International Society for Sport Psychology

Imagine this : you are watching a basketball game. There are 3seconds left .The score is tied.

The crowd is getting louder and wilder, chaos reigns. The ball is in the hands of Nikola Jokic . He shoots and he scores. His team wins the game.

How is it possible that in that chaotic moment his hand and mind were so still ?

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a basic human skill to be fully present in the moment , where we are and what we are doing. These are moments of pure awareness of our thoughts, emotions and existence in space and time, but freed from the meaning that we normally automatically attach to them.

MINDFULNESS IS CONSCIOUSLY INTENTIONALLY DIRECTING YOUR ATTENTION TO THE PRESENT MOMENT WITHOUT JUDGMENT.

During mindfulness meditation, thoughts are labeled as transient states that do not require action. It creates a “space” between one’s pre-perception and one’s response, which allows a person to react to situations more objectively, rather than reflexively and automatically.

Why is Mindfulness important?

Mindfulness improves the ability to relax. It improves attention, concentration and memory. It positively affects the ability to deal more effectively with short-term and long-term stressful situations.

It increases the level of self-confidence, self-awareness and willingness to take care of ourselves. Resilience and the capacity to deal with difficult thoughts, emotions and to empathize with others also increases. It also affects energy, enthusiasm and the ability to live in the present moment.

Greater appreciation and acceptance of self and others as well as greater understanding and wisdom regarding growth, learning and the nature of change in life.

Neurologists have indicated that practicing mindfulness affects parts of the brain associated with:

Awareness of experiencing your own body

Pain tolerance

Regulating emotions

Introspection

Complex thinking and

Self-observation

Athletes who do not practice mindfulness

Athletes who do not practice mindfulness can be recognized by the fact that they tend to be hasty, to react automatically in crucial moments of the match. They are easily irritable and emotionally distracted during important matches. Their attention and concentration are reduced, they make mistakes more often and it is more difficult for them to get back “in the zone” after a couple of mistakes and stolen momentum. Their self-confidence is shaken, they feel worthless and they are physically and emotionally exhausted.

If you recognized yourself in the last paragraph of the article and want to work on yourself and your career by practicing mindfulness, but you don’t know where and how to start, hire a sports psychologist who is a practitioner and representative of this technique to guide you and work with you.

Because why not be the best version of yourself?

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