In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, the LPGA sat down with representatives from Ogletree Deakins and Headspace to chat about the “next normal” and the impact prioritizing our mental health can have on our lives both on and off the course.

We wanted to share some of our favorite quotes and advice from the full conversation to keep you mentally resilient in your golf game.

Take your “MEDS”

Alex Freda, working in Business Development for the meditation and mindfulness app Headspace, suggests that instead of trying to find a quick fix or lifehack to find clarity in your life to instead take a more holistic stance, changing not just small habits but your everyday approach to your own health and wellness.

He admits these changes may be less interesting than investing in a new fad relaxation regimen or gadgets, but he attests that this is a mindset that is fundamental to having a more sustainable, positive life. He suggested remembering “MEDS”, an acronym which stands for Meditation, Exercise, Diet, and Sleep.

“If you’re exhausted all of the time, or you’re not nourishing your body with the right foods, you’re really not making it easy for yourself to have a positive mindset in the first place,” said Freda. “So I think that if we do an honest audit of ourselves and sort of focus on those basic behaviors first, then we’re setting ourselves up for some good things in the future.”

By taking the time to remember your “MEDS”, you’re laying the foundation for a solid mind-body connection that will be a great first step in making your mental health a priority.

Practice What You Want to Perfect

Practice makes perfect is so often said for a reason. What you spend your time focusing on will become what your brain wires itself to improve. This is just as true for positive improvements as it is for accidentally encouraging unproductive thought patterns.

If you spend time thinking about how your game isn’t as good as the other players on the course, or if you frequently imagine the worst-case scenario for each shot, then those thought patterns are more likely to manifest in your real life as well.

Dr. Dennis Davis, Ogletree Deakins’ National Director of Client Training, believes that this is a key factor to consider when trying to craft a mental resilience in your life. By being kind to yourself, talking to yourself like you would your best friend, you can naturally shift your outlook to be more positive, take life’s pitfalls in stride, and experience a more enjoyable game.

He said, “If we practice negative self-talk, we’re going to get really good at it. If we practice being cynical, if we practice not observing, we do it more and more, we’re going to get really good at that. One of the best reasons for being kind to ourselves, or being mindful, or working on our resilience is we get good at what we practice.”

In golf and in life, you often get back what you put out. If you keep getting a negative result, it might be time to check if you are practicing a negative mindset or a positive one.

Take a Breath

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