COVID-19: BFI holds session with mental health experts to keep boxers motivated

COVID-19: BFI holds session with mental health experts to keep boxers motivated

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New Delhi, Apr 19: The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) on Sunday became the first national sports body to conduct a mental fitness and emotional well-being session, which was attended by 374 boxers and coaches from all over the country.

During the interactive session, pressing issues like match-day anxiety, training in absence of coach and how to maintain wellbeing during such uncertain times were discussed. The experts also discussed tips on positivity and mindfulness.

Dr.Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis National Mental Health Program and Divya Jain, Sports Psychologist, Head of Psychological Services, Fortis Healthcare, conducted the session. "It is so important that the BFI is giving emphasis to mental conditioning and wellness in these times. It's a very good initiative that needs to happen at all levels as a continuous effort," said Dr Parikh. While social distancing is the need of the hour, it is important for boxers not to deviate from their goals.

The boxers were advised to keep in mind their sleep and wakeup cycle, training time, eating habits, meditation, etc. Following the coaches’ instructions on BFI’s E-Pathshala is essential to keep oneself fit and healthy and to keep up the positive spirit. During the session it was conveyed that to overcome the match-day anxiety, the pugilists should keep themselves relaxed by listening to soothing music and not think about the outcome of the bout.

Divya Jain said, "Success in sport and other fields is not just about your technical skill base but also mental conditioning and as a player, you need to stay focused, confident and positive. Also, just like you devote time for physical training it is equally important that we devote time for mental conditioning as well.” (UNI)