Depression is a clinical disease that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It affects roughly 12 percent of men, and requires professional treatment to overcome. Certain factors can influence depressed moods and mindsets, especially in men. Sports are one of them. Seriously.
Guys take their sports seriously and, just like the ecstatic high of a win can put you on cloud nine, the devastation of a hard loss can dig depression deeper. April Masini, relationship expert and author at AskApril.com, offers insight into why sports can make us feel the pain, and how to deal with it.
#1. We Think We’re On The Field
The behavior and mindset of sports fans has a lot to do with why he’s become one. Masini says, “Some men become sports fans because they feel every movement that their favorite athletes make. In their minds, they’re on the field, in the game with the player. They are the player and they want what the player wants — a good game, great play, and a win.”
When men see their idols defeated, it’s an opportunity for them to be in these situations where disappointment and loss occur. Masini continues, “Learning how to deal with feelings requires opportunities like these to actually have the feelings as well to find out what works for the men, themselves, in terms of healing. Learning who will say the right thing, the wrong thing, or just listen or sit quietly by you in these instances, is an important way to figure out your resources.”