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Hats Off to Superhuman Gymnast Simone Biles for putting Mental Health First

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When you are the most decorated U.S. woman gymnast ever with 31 World/Olympic medals and you announce your withdrawal from the Olympics to focus on mental health you need real guts in life! Womenlines team congrats Gymnast Simone Biles for showing courage and giving mental health priority. Her act is a true sign of strength and courage when facing intense pressure. To show vulnerability, seeking out help from others around so that one can navigate self better way and come out strong is no more a sign of weakness.

Todd Herman, Author, Alter Ego Effect, Founder Herman Global Ventures from the USA has shared his thoughts about the urgent requirement for being kind and be real human showing support and compassion to every sportsperson participating in Olympics, despite he is a winner or not-

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve had 56 messages from athletes/coaches seeking help at the #Olympics.

These 2021 Games are a mental health nightmare.

In the 21 years working with athletes at Olympic games, I’ve never seen more stress/anxiety. (The individual sport athletes are having the hardest time behind the scenes.)

I feel very bad for Simone Biles, she’s such a phenomenal athlete. And an incredibly kind human despite the vitriol she can be on the receiving end of.

The source of her issues and many other athletes right now is the toxic nature of social media.

I was just texting with ABC News and I said, “It feels like we’re holding athletes together with duct tape and gorilla glue right now.”

The Olympic games are just a microcosm of society. If you’re seeing some of the most mentally tough, focused, and disciplined people on the planet fall prey to ‘pressure.’

What about the regular Joe’s and Jane’s of society. They don’t have the same level of skill at coping with the toxic levels of opinion, rhetoric, and hateful commentary online.

The antidote is always the same… be more kind-

If you do watch the Olympic games, tweet or comment to the 8th place person that they’re inspiring, not just the gold medalist.

Send a message to the person that didn’t even make it to the final heat, that you appreciate all the effort they put into getting to the Olympics, and thanks for making our country or your country proud.

These athletes are getting bombarded with some pretty mean stuff because they ‘let an entire nation down.’

Or,

“Thanks for making me stay up late just to watch you lose.”

Something’s gotta give when it comes to people’s behaviours online, and maybe this post can be a little reminder to encourage everyone, not just the winners.

Because they sure need it right now. The conditions inside the Olympic village isn’t fun or healthy for most.

(Btw – I chose this photo of Simone to celebrate her brilliance and not the photos being shared in media & news stories of her looking stressed. I choose to see her this way. Free, strong, and graceful. Because that’s what she is.)

Todd Herman

Author- Alter Ego Effect, Founder Herman Global Ventures

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