Seven Mental Health Tips For Naomi Osaka
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.
Naomi Osaka is a charming and extremely talented young tennis players.
I believe she will return to tennis shortly and that she will have an outstanding career.
Here are a few mental health which may expedite her healing.
- If you have not done so already, consider a mental health evaluation by a licensed professional who has worked with elite athletes.
- Allow this person to become part of your team.
- If need be, take some time off to gather your thoughts and give yourself the opportunity to heal. Consider playing less often.
And consider the idea of focusing on major events to help to avoid burnout.
- Seek out from one to three experienced tennis pros who can help mentor you through this emotional valley. You can work with them separately or in a group.
- The media can be quite intrusive and insensitive at times.
Get some media training so you can feel empowered and in control
during press conferences and interviews. Remember, you don’t
have to answer every question. Politicians get good at managing
and controlling interviews. You can become adroit at taking
charge of the press with a little coaching.
- Make sure you have a balanced life which includes elements besides tennis: contact with friends and family members, time with
nature, time away from social media and the development of other hobbies and interests away from tennis.
- Learn, practice and utilize stress management techniques like yoga, self-hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery.