Pro athlete, Diane Copenhagen, has played professional volleyball for a few years now (currently playing in China) and has some advice for fueling yourself and making it through the long season based off of her experiences:
- Make sure you take time to do things for yourself and that make yourself happy. You spend so many hours in the day playing volleyball or sleeping, that you forget about the little things. For example, I am a morning person and love having coffee and catching up on emails and such. So I found a coffee place here in China where I would go every free morning and bring my computer, headphones, and journal. The “me” time just gives you that extra energy to keep going.
- Journal!!! I have been doing it for 4 years now and not only does it allow you to vent or let things go, they are awesome to look back on. Nellie Spicer (professional volleyball athlete) got me hooked on writing a “thankful for” list this season. So every night before I go to bed I come up with something that happened that day that I was thankful for. It could be anything from finding food that was edible to having a good practice. Just makes you appreciate the little things and helps you not get caught up in the long season.
Some other tidbits of advice from Diane:
- Make sure to ask for what you want. The worst that can happen is they say no.
- Enjoy the journey. We are so fortunate to get to play a sport that we love, while traveling the world, and getting paid for it. There isn’t any other job like this. We get to experience new cultures, try new food, and meet new people. It only lasts for a short time so live it up and enjoy it.
- There are going to be bad times. There are going to be days where you don’t want to leave your room, when you are too tired or sore and don’t want to go to practice, when you miss home, but there are going to be good days too. Try to focus on the little things that make you happy and when you have a great day..appreciate it.
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