My best advice for getting through a long season:
1. Capitalize on every opportunity to experience something new. There are so many customs, foods, celebrations, etc. that don’t even exist where you are from. Don’t make laziness an excuse for not enjoying these while you can. For example, I didn’t even know about Karneval a week ago but now I can’t wait to come back in the future. https://vimeo.com/88304945
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/88304945″>Karneval-’14</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user11738724″>Evan Barry</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
2. Do something productive every day. The practice, nap, eat, tv show, sleep routine is very easy to fall into, but at the end of the season you will have nothing to show for it. Teach yourself to program (codeacademy.com), learn the language (Duolingo app is great), keep a journal, read books, send postcards to friends. Start a couple of these “extracurricular” activities so you always have something new to do. Don’t get me wrong, House of Cards is awesome after a particularly long day. (Picture of my bedside table)
3. Breathe. Seasons are long and can be very stressful. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you are here to play a game that you love. Try not to let stress from practice or competition bring you emotionally down. If you need, take a minute or two after every training when you get home to close your eyes and breathe. Think about what you want to accomplish with the rest of your day. After that, open your eyes and enjoy your time in a foreign country!
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