But what about losing? What about the guys and girls packing their bags to go back to their hometowns? What about the seniors who have played their last game? What about the fans? I know some may be apathetic towards the losers, but the reality is as a sports fan you have to get accustomed to losing, especially here in Philadelphia. Losing parallels winning in intensity. It is painful and disappointing. People often have a hard time dealing with the loss of games or competitions. Here are some tips to get through this process:
- Space is key. Whether you’re an athlete or a die hard fan, it is always important to take some space after a big loss in order to clear your head from the game.
- Accept the disappointment. Realize that it is fine to feel down. In the case of athletes, this is definitely an important skill because not acknowledging it doesn’t erase the feeling, just suppresses it for a later date.
- Speak with like minded people. If you’re a fan, vent amongst other fans. If you’re an athlete, talk it over with your teammates. Speak with people who can identify with your feelings.
- Readjust your focus. Athletes need not dwell on what they did wrong but what they can do moving forward. During the off season, fans should focus on other things that makes them happy
This topic of the week was written by Malyka Cardwell, MFT
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