As a sports psychologist I know that mood and focus are inextricably linked. When you’re in a positive mood you can work harder, push through tough workouts, and focus on new challenges with additional clarity. When your mood is low, it can feel like a chore to exercise, you procrastinate and make excuses, and giving up on tough tasks is easy to do.
The good news is there are sports psychology strategies you can adopt to improve your mood, and in turn, help you stay focused on short and long-term goals, from completing gruelling workouts to training for a race. All of the suggested strategies are based on proven, peer-reviewed scientific research.