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  • Jennifer Smith

Mental Health Breaks

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

As the biggest sports event in the world floods the media this summer, new headlines are being brought to our attention: “Simone Biles withdraws from individual all-around gymnastics competition at Tokyo Olympics to focus on mental well-being”. This decision by Biles was inspired by tennis player Naomi Osaka's choice to take a mental health break from competing earlier this month.

Two of the world’s greatest athletes are taking the stage to discuss how important their mental health is in regards to performing. Although we might not all relate to being gold-medalists, Biles and Osaka are teaching the world an amazing lesson: take care of your mental health at all costs. Just like anybody would take time off of work, school, or their sport for a surgery/physical injury, mental health concerns should be treated just the same. Feeling anxious or depressed should not be brushed over, rather addressed and managed. Similar to if you had a twisted ankle, or runny nose.

People from all over should look at these women and feel empowered to take control of your own life and feelings. What’s the point of trying to do something when you can’t perform it to your fullest potential and be your best self? Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself to get your mind healthy again. Self-care isn’t selfish.


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