Again residence after practically three months of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian hockey crew goalkeeper PR Sreejesh says he fought towards his psychological demons throughout the lockdown part by studying plenty of “motivational” literature. Together with his father, who’s a cardiac affected person, and two youngsters again residence in Kerala, Sreejesh admitted that it was robust to maintain away destructive ideas throughout the lockdown interval however he channelised his vitality by studying — American Olympian triathlete Joanna Zeiger’s ‘The Champions Mindset – An Athlete’s Information to Psychological Toughness’.
“It was actually robust as our life-style modified fully. The principle factor was to strike a stability in your ideas. My father is a coronary heart affected person and I’ve two youngsters — daughter who’s 6 and a son who’s 3. So I used to be extra apprehensive about their well being because the two are in excessive danger age teams,” Sreejesh advised PTI.
“On one facet I used to be feeling homesick and on the opposite I did not wish to danger them by going residence as a result of there have been probabilities of contracting the virus whereas travelling.
“So I received concerned into studying for peace. I learn rather a lot throughout the lockdown, from fiction, non-fiction to motivational books. These helped me to suppose in a different way. The Champions Mindset is a ebook that I learn once more.”
The ebook is written by Zeiger, who was the 2008 Ironman 70.Three world champion and represented the US on the 2000 Summer season Olympics in triathlon.
The ebook talks about psychological toughness and comebacks of athletes in skilled sports activities. The Indian women and men hockey groups had been caught on the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the federal government introduced the nationwide lockdown to regulate the COVID-19 pandemic.
However on final Friday, the “homesick” hockey gamers had been allowed to depart the power after being granted a month’s break. Although he’s again at residence, Sreejesh nonetheless has a while earlier than he can play along with his youngsters or roam round freely as he’s at present serving 14-day residence quarantine as per the rules of Kerala authorities.
“I’m actually pleased to be again residence however I’m nonetheless confined in a room within the first flooring of my home. My members of the family are all staying downstairs and I’m beneath residence quarantine upstairs,” mentioned the 32-year-old. “Although I can see my kids however I am unable to contact them and it is actually irritating.”
India’s primary goalkeeper mentioned although they had been in a protected place at SAI, Bengaluru, they wanted a month’s break as slowly the gamers had been feeling mentally fragile after being away from residence for such a very long time.
“We had been in the most effective and most secure place. Although we had been beneath lockdown however nonetheless we may roam round contained in the campus in small teams. However we by no means had such a prolonged camp and it began to have an effect on the gamers. Everybody began to overlook their households,” Sreejesh mentioned.
“At one level we had been unable to take that. It was the identical routine from morning until night time and we began to really feel mentally weaker. “The break will do a world of excellent to the gamers. We are going to return recent each mentally and bodily. Our minds shall be free and desirous to work more durable.”
With uncertainty hanging over resumption of hockey, he mentioned as crew they’re lacking aggressive motion. Sreejesh, who shall be that includes in his third Olympics at Tokyo, is determined to complete his profession with an Olympic medal.
“Tokyo will be my final Olympics however I at all times desire to maintain small targets. Clearly a medal on the Olympics is the final word aim,” mentioned Sreejesh, who performed in 2012 London and 2016 Rio Video games.
“It’s at all times higher to play one Olympics and return with a medal than play in three and return empty-handed,” the previous skipper signed off.
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