63. Cliodhna Moloney

Rugby player

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I think the ma­jor­ity of sports peo­ple at this level have ex­pe­ri­enced some form of men­tal ill­ness, even if it re­lates to their sport or in­juries or per­haps anx­i­ety about fu­ture or past per­for­mances. My main piece of ad­vice would be as fol­lows…

If you feel like things are be­com­ing too much, the most im­por­tant step you can take is a step back. Often we are so fo­cused on what is wrong or not work­ing for us that we ig­nore all of the good and sim­ple things about ev­ery­day life.

For me, if I’m down or anx­ious, and if it’s rugby or in­jury re­lated, I try take some time away and ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of na­ture, or spend some time with fam­ily and friends who may not be in­volved in that as­pect of my life.

If I don’t feel like I want to see any­one at all, I some­times like to spend time with my dogs, and it helps me a lot. I sup­pose it’s very in­di­vid­ual – work out what makes you feel most at ease or helps you clear your head.

If I think a friend is down or strug­gling with an is­sue, the most im­por­tant thing you can do is to be there for them. Day or night, make them feel heard and lis­tened to and un­der­stood.

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