Back residence after almost three months of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian hockey group goalkeeper PR Sreejesh says he fought in opposition to his psychological demons through the lockdown section by studying loads of “motivational” literature. With his father, who’s a cardiac affected person, and two children again residence in Kerala, Sreejesh admitted that it was robust to maintain away unfavourable ideas through the lockdown interval however he channelised his power by studying — American Olympian triathlete Joanna Zeiger’s ‘The Champions Mindset – An Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness’.
“It was really tough as our lifestyle changed completely. The main thing was to strike a balance in your thoughts. My father is a heart patient and I have two kids — daughter who is 6 and a son who is 3. So I was more worried about their health since the two are in high risk age groups,” Sreejesh advised PTI.
“On one side I was feeling homesick and on the other I didn’t want to risk them by going home because there were chances of contracting the virus while travelling.
“So I bought concerned into studying for peace. I learn loads through the lockdown, from fiction, non-fiction to motivational books. These helped me to suppose in a different way. The Champions Mindset is a e-book that I learn once more.”
The book is written by Zeiger, who was the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion and represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in triathlon.
The book talks about mental toughness and comebacks of athletes in professional sports. The Indian men and women hockey teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since March 25 when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
But on last Friday, the “homesick” hockey players were allowed to leave the facility after being granted a month’s break. Though he is back at home, Sreejesh still has some time before he can play with his kids or roam around freely as he is currently serving 14-day home quarantine as per the guidelines of Kerala government.
“I’m actually completely satisfied to be again residence however I’m nonetheless confined in a room within the first flooring of my home. My relations are all staying downstairs and I’m below residence quarantine upstairs,” said the 32-year-old. “Though I can see my kids however I can not contact them and it is actually irritating.”
India’s number one goalkeeper said though they were in a safe place at SAI, Bengaluru, they needed a month’s break as slowly the players were feeling mentally fragile after being away from home for such a long time.
“We had been in the most effective and most secure place. Though we had been below lockdown however nonetheless we may roam round contained in the campus in small teams. But we by no means had such a prolonged camp and it began to have an effect on the gamers. Everyone began to overlook their households,” Sreejesh said.
“At one level we had been unable to take that. It was the identical routine from morning until night time and we began to really feel mentally weaker. “The break will do a world of good to the players. We will return fresh both mentally and physically. Our minds will be free and eager to work harder.”
With uncertainty hanging over resumption of hockey, he stated as group they’re lacking aggressive motion. Sreejesh, who shall be that includes in his third Olympics at Tokyo, is determined to complete his profession with an Olympic medal.
“Tokyo can be my last Olympics but I always prefer to keep small targets. Obviously a medal at the Olympics is the ultimate goal,” stated Sreejesh, who performed in 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games.
“It is always better to play one Olympics and return with a medal than play in three and return empty-handed,” the previous skipper signed off.
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