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Spurs “Mindful Minute” video underscores the importance of positive mental health

A brief look at how the players prepare themselves for each day

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During the telecats last week, the Spurs aired a video entitled “Things That make Your Day Better”

Every season the Spurs sit with players and ask series of questions which are then cut and edited into segments that are segues from commercials breaks during broadcasts. Generally, you’ll a tie in to a holiday — favorite foods, family traditions, things of that nature. Sometimes they are silly, the players goofing on one another, attempting to sing or playing video games.

Last weeks installment could have be overlooked as the players simply starting their day was actually recognition of deeper concept.

Over the last few years, the NBA embraced the conversation of positive mental health. The video’s topic of making the day better revealed how the players prepare mentally and emotionally. There is strength and hope in asking these young men to share in a way that until recently has not been discussed publicly.

And by using the prompt “what makes your day better” as opposed to “how do you cope with the pressures of being a competitive athlete” the conversation automatically becomes accessible to all and a lighter introduction to a larger topic.

Players mentioned food, an essential component for preparing oneself for what is ahead. Keldon and Mamu both gave shout outs to their dogs. Animals are key to many people’s well-being. Family was mentioned by Tre, Zach, and Sidy. Devonte’ took it a step further mentioning how he and his family have a daily “group chat” sharing a prayer of message.

Dominick Barlow said, “Waking up, that’s first and foremost,” sharing that just living and breathing another day is something to recognize.

Smiling, good vibes, making people happy, connection, and playing basketball all got mentions.

Mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

The practice of mindful meditation help people manage stress and reduce anxiety and depression. It helps individuals to relax, increase enthusiasm, and improve self-esteem.

A wonderful addition for fans to see that these young men sharing how they cope with the everyday pressures of life. And kudos to the San Antonio Spurs for sharing a topic of depth through an accessible presentation.

Wishing you all good mental health today.


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