Practical tips for creating healthy habits #1

Forming healthy habits - or kicking unhealthy ones - is something that everyone struggles with at some point in their lives. I became interested in habits and behaviour change at a young age, wondering why it can be so difficult to do something that appears simple, or why we keep doing things that we don't … Continue reading Practical tips for creating healthy habits #1

What is exercise psychology, and why is it for me?

Sport psychology is an increasingly well-known field today, however exercise psychology lags behind in its exposure. If you have ever asked one of these two questions: "what on earth is exercise psychology?" or "why would I see an exercise psychologist?" then read on. What is exercise psychology? You may have read a little about exercise … Continue reading What is exercise psychology, and why is it for me?

Challenge versus threat: The power of perspective

I recently wrote a blog post about the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques for performance anxiety, and how suppressing the anxiety may not be the answer for everyone. I am continuing my discussion of this topic with a detour into the physiology behind performance anxiety and how it is possible to tweak your … Continue reading Challenge versus threat: The power of perspective

Performance anxiety – suppress or embrace?

The idea of performance anxiety - butterflies, pre-race nerves, fear, dread, however you like to describe it - is aversive for many athletes. Admittedly, there is nothing instantly appealing about excess adrenaline and confidence-busting thoughts as you wait to tee off, take a penalty, toe the start line or walk onto the pitch. Indeed, research supports … Continue reading Performance anxiety – suppress or embrace?

Running with my values: Staying focused on what’s important

I've decided to write about my track session from this morning with the aim of reflecting upon how tapping into personal values can be a way of staying focused and committed throughout training/exercise sessions. Following my recent return to regular track training, having been training erratically due to a hectic schedule, I decided to challenge … Continue reading Running with my values: Staying focused on what’s important

New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Up until a few years ago, I used to make New Year's resolutions every January, mainly revolving around doing more exercise, eating more healthily and getting more work done. I would write something like: "eat more veg and less chocolate", or "make a study plan and stick to it", or "do X amount of weights … Continue reading New Year’s resolutions – how to make them actually work

Believe in your ability to change

People often talk about self-belief - they say you have to believe in yourself to succeed. I tend to agree, but what I don't like about that particular statement is that it's very vague. What are we trying to believe in? Are we trying to believe in the certainty of an outcome, or that we're competent … Continue reading Believe in your ability to change