We’ve heard the lessons since childhood: Brush your teeth before bed. Stretch before running. Don’t eat right before swimming. And yes, it’s important to keep tabs on how your body is running physically. But it’s just as important to be aware of how you’re doing mentally.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to pause and check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you’re feeling and what you can do to support those around you. Like shooting 100 free throws or lifting weights, finding ways to take care of your mind can lay the foundation for wellness and success.
NBA Mind Health is guided by the central idea of humanizing mental health. Our mission is to engage, educate, and serve the NBA community and to position mental health as an essential element of wellness & excellence – both on and off the court.
We see mental health as a part of our lived experiences and are here to help you navigate challenges but to also help you identify mental-health-related opportunities and strengths.
Your mental health is more than an illness. It’s also more than feeling great today. It’s an ongoing awareness of a wide range of feelings and emotions, day in and day out. It’s about taking care of yourself on a regular basis.
Your mental health is shaped by everything you are and everything you experience, including your biology and societal factors. What affects one person may not affect another the same way.
This is about you and your feelings. It all starts here: How you’re feeling can affect your happiness, your relationships, and even your ability to excel on the basketball court.
This is about you and the people in your life. It’s important to have a support network — to feel like you’re connected to others, to feel like you belong.
What are you interested in? What gets you excited to learn more? This is about finding activities that promote curiosity, learning, and creativity.
NBA players are no strangers to this one. Just as healthy habits — eating well, sleeping well, exercising regularly— can affect you as a player, they can also affect you as a person.
This is about finding a sense of purpose in your life and developing meaningful connections. Some people find spiritual wellness in faith communities or volunteer opportunities.
It’s important to gain satisfaction and long-term financial stability from your work.
I've gotten more disciplined, I work harder, I work smarter, I love on my people harder. … It just keeps improving everything else for me.
- Damian Lillard
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