Strong Mental Health As A Cricketer – Usman Khawaja – headcoach | headspace

I used to wake up Saturday morning I
still remember and the first thing I do is open my windows and make sure it
wasn’t raining, cause if I knew it was raining, I knew I wasn’t playing cricket.
My parents immigrated to Australia when I was four,
from Pakistan. I grew up in a fairly religious family so I’m Muslim and
that’s something that I’ve kept my whole life to this day. It’s probably the most
important part as I see as my identity and it’s one of those things that’s kept
me levelled. A lot of guys I know meditate and for me, growing up and through that
time was praying, praying is my meditation. So like try to keep that fairly
regular. I’m not a big sharer if I am struggling with something especially
when I was growing up, I’d rarely say it. I think that’s something that I found
really nice to have with Rachel, my wife. Now I’m at a place where I’m really
comfortable to share stuff even if it’s things that are frustrated me, with
you know cricket, and just normal every day to day life. When I hurt my knee a
few years ago I said to myself that the rest of my career I just want to enjoy
it, I’m not gonna play for anyone else I’m not gonna worry about the money, I’m
not gonna worry about any of the external factors.
I found the mental side of the game, and that mental side then translated into
realizing hey wait a minute the mind’s quite strong, it’s amazing
what the mind can do. That made me, that was a flick that turned in my head about
how strong the mind was and that was a flick that may realize of
moving on further in life being able to get yourself in the right headspace,
Is so important.

2 thoughts on “Strong Mental Health As A Cricketer – Usman Khawaja – headcoach | headspace

  1. …I am tired of these players talking about mental health problems. They are failing and not getting runs…doubting their games and failing. That is hardly the life of a schizophrenic who is hearing the voice of his dead grandmother telling him to 'come home' or an unknown voice in their heard telling them hour after hour to 'kill yourself'. What about the guy who is stuck in a mental hospital because he has visual hallucinations re. seeing people trying to 'get' him…'evil spirits' with swords and knifes coming at him? These are mental health problems. Cricketers falling off and not getting runs …need to stop using the phrase 'mental health problems' as a get-out-of-jail free card.

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