I'd Have Days Where I Would Just Be Angry, Agitated – Former England Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom Opens Up On Battling Mental Health Issues

Updated - 18 Mar 2022, 11:53 PM

Ryan Sidebottom
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Former England international cricketer Ryan Sidebottom has opened up on battling mental health issues post his retirement from international cricket.

Ryan Sidebottom represented England between 2001 and 2010, and he retired from all forms of domestic cricket in 2017 after taking more than 1,000 career wickets. He was also a part of England’s T20 World Cup-winning squad in the year 2010.

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Meanwhile, Sidebottom has said that he had days where there was “massive self-sabotage”. He added that he used to worry about his children, wife, and money and there were days he was left angry and agitated.

“I had days where there was massive self-sabotage. I would dwell on the past, worry about the future. I’d worry about my children, money. How am I going to pay the mortgage? How am I going to house my wife, my children? What’s my next step in life? And I’d have days where I would just be angry, agitated. That would have been in the morning and then in the afternoon I’d be really emotional and I wouldn’t know why,” Sidebottom told the BBC.

I’d be frustrated with my wife, frustrated internally – Ryan Sidebottom

Ryan Sidebottom. (Credits: Twitter)

Former England star also said that several times he used to be frustrated with himself and his wife. He added that he wasn’t sleeping properly due to the horrible feelings and negative thoughts about the past and future that used to cross his mind.

“I’d be frustrated with my wife, frustrated internally, and I’d have lots of horrible feelings. I wasn’t sleeping very well because of every negative thought about the past, the future. They’ve really struggled mentally and it’s nice that I can speak about it and put it out there and say, ‘look, it’s OK not to be OK.

Ryan Sidebottom stated that he is fortunate enough to have his wife and some friends who helped him through the dark days.

“Talking really, really helps. I’ve been very fortunate to have my wife and some very close friends who have really helped me through those dark days and those horrible feelings, just to talk things through and get it off my chest,” he elaborated.

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