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Keep Mentally Sharp for Baseball Season

Baseball is as much mental as it is physical. You could be in peak physical condition, but if you aren’t mentally in the game, your performance will suffer. You’ll find that this is true in baseball and just about every other aspect of your life. Therefore, you will want to make sure that mental preparation is your priority. Below are a few of the ways that you can keep sharp year-round.

Stay Active Physically

How does exercise help you stay sharp? It reduces stress and improves your mood. The stress reduction can make it easier to concentrate on matters at hand. Physical activity, whether you’re gearing up for the season or not, is always important.

Get Rest and Good Sleep

While being physically active is important for mental acuity, so is getting enough rest and good sleep each night. If you are only getting a few hours of sleep, you will not be at your mental—or physical—best.

Visualization Can Help

Learning how to visualize is an important mental skill that could help you improve your game. When you can see yourself doing something and accomplishing a goal in your mind’s eye, it becomes easier to achieve it physically. For example, visualize your swing improving and then follow through with actual practice.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Negativity can drag you down mentally. Negative thinking increases stress, hurts your self-confidence, and can create a host of negative emotions in you that you are better off without. When you feel negative thoughts encroaching, work toward pushing them away with positivity. This makes it easier for you to concentrate mentally.

Keep Engaged Mentally

Something else you want to do is make sure that you are always staying focused and engaged mentally whether it’s during baseball season or the off-season. Be aware of your surroundings and what’s happening at all times. Get into this mindset, so you can stay connected with things happening at the moment.

Feed Your Mind

As much as you love baseball, it can’t be the only thing you focus on in your life. Yes, you want to improve your skills, but part of that is branching out into other areas. Look for different ways to improve yourself mentally. Read more books, both fiction and nonfiction, play brain games and puzzles, etc. Get more information about mental drills and mental skills and put them into daily practice.

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