SINK BLACK MOODS AND SNOOKER STRESS
Use snooker tactics to break the blues for good.
While we’d be arrogant to be dismissive about the rise of the wishy-washy mindfulness trend, we’re equally aware it’s not everyone’s cup of jasmine tea. Clearly, our minds are in need of calm: rates of depression and anxiety among Australian workers have soared by nearly a third since 2013. But if chakras aren’t your thing, there are other options.
For every man able to find hush in the company of a meditation app, there’s another who’d rather seek solace set against a less reconstructed backdrop. Which is now all the more possible thanks to an Anglia Ruskin University survey of more than 1000 snookerplaying hobbyists, the results of which should break the darkest of funks. It found that a few regular frames can help you pocket better mental health by promoting a state of deep relaxation. Researchers believe the soothing combination of snooker’s patience-developing powers and its ability to distract from life’s pressures can take more than a potshot at rising anxiety levels.
Sadly, we can’t account for the annoyance of having a maximum break of four, but skill level is, according to the survey, inconsequential. Consider the snooker hall your new happy place. Now, pass the chalk, please.
Down in the mouth? Take your cue from snooker.