03 Jun Why Every Youth Athlete Needs To Social Media Fast
Just like food, social media is consumption.
The liking, the scrolling, the clicking, the commenting all impact your internal state as much as the foods you eat.
But instead of impacting your digestive system, social media impacts your nervous system.
First things first: when I started writing back in 2014, it took me 10 minutes to bang out a 2,000 word article.
I catch myself taking one hundred times that amount because I check my email, scroll Instagram, tweet, check my email again, and find myself on a meme page dedicated to women in their 30s who own cats.
Eventually, I mosey on back to my blog and finish several days later under the influence of fair trade coffee.
This is a problem.
And this may sound harsh, but humans have become mentally weak and downright lazy.
For one, we’ve forgotten our values. We look to an itty bitty 6 inch screen for health advice, dating tips, entertainment, and fulfillment to manage our insecurities.
We’ve also forgotten our needs. We’re too busy scrolling, seeking that next like, or engaging with a troll to prove a meaningless point – all at the expense of ignoring ourselves and pouring love into who we are.We've also forgotten our needs. We're too busy scrolling, seeking that next like, or engaging with a troll to prove a meaningless point - all at the expense of ignoring ourselves and pouring love into who we are. Click To Tweet
You see, humans didn’t evolve to plop on a sofa and be transfixed by blue light.
Too, humans didn’t evolve to constantly be anxious and sympathetic driven.
Humans didn’t evolve to be so engrossed by technology that it isolates them from family and friends.
Humans are here to connect, to create, to play, to experience, to move – all things that give youth sports their richness and vitality.Humans are here to connect, to create, to play, to experience, to move - all things that give youth sports their richness and vitality. Click To Tweet
While many believe young athletes need more trainers, more drills, more coaching, more speed training, more track workouts, more sessions, and more, more, more, they actually need less.
They need less of the noise that is keeping their nervous systems amped up and unable to show up focused, motivated and infused with clarity and creativity.
Here is a conversation I had with mental confidence coach Shay Haddow on why all youth athletes need to social media fast to improve physical and mental performance:
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