Former India National Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli opened up on his mental health issues, asserting that he has personally experienced times when he had felt alone despite being in a room full of people, who love and support him. He added that there are several people, who can relate to his feeling.
Kohli is currently on a break, having last played for India National Cricket Team on the England tour. After a poor run with the bat in the England series, where Kohli registered the highest score of 20 across 6 innings, the 33-year-old was rested for the West Indies tour. Also, he will be missing the upcoming Zimbabwe tour and will be returning to the side in the Asia Cup 2022.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kohli talked about the importance of focussing on mental health. He said that constant pressure can affect mental health negatively.
“For an athlete, the sport can bring the best out of you as a player but at the same time, the amount of pressure that you are constantly under can affect your mental health negatively. It is definitely a serious issue and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart,” Kohli told The Indian Express.
“My tips to aspiring athletes would be that yes, physical fitness and focus on recovery are the key to being a good athlete, but at the same time, it is crucial to consistently keep in touch with your inner self.
“I personally have experienced times when even in a room full of people who support and love me, I felt alone, and I am sure that this is a feeling that a lot of people can relate to. So, take out time for yourself and reconnect with your core self. If you lose that connection, it wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you.”
The one thing that truly helps me unwind after a hectic season is spending time with my family – Virat Kohli
The modern-day batting great Virat Kohli, who is going through a lean patch, further said that spending time with his family helps him “unwind after a hectic season”. He added that travelling also helps him de-stress a lot.
“You need to learn how to compartmentalise your time so that there’s balance. It takes practice like anything else in life, but it’s something worth investing in, that’s the only way to feel a sense of sanity and enjoyment while doing your work,” he said.
“The one thing that truly helps me unwind after a hectic season is spending time with my family. Apart from that, I love to spend time pursuing my hobbies. Travel is something that helps me de-stress a lot, and of course coffee; I believe that I am a coffee connoisseur and absolutely love trying out different flavours and coffee spots around the world,” Kohli said.
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