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Jennifer Schmidt, Mental Health for Athletes | Extramilest Show #73

By September 23, 2023October 1st, 2023No Comments
Jennifer Schmidt

You want to improve as an athlete and that is great. You can’t think of your mental health of being an isolated thing that isn’t going to improve your performance.” – Jennifer Schmidt

Jennifer Schmidt helps active people navigate their mental health challenges towards wellness. She is a Recreation Therapist and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, taking athletes mental health beyond exercise. 

We talk about:

  • Flight or Flight vs Rest & Digest
  • Biological responses to stress
  • Getting to the root causes of anxiety and depression
  • Cold exposure
  • Identity in sport
  • Light, laughter, journaling, energy levels and more!

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Hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer Schmidt.

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Show Notes:

  • 00:00   intro
  • 03:06   welcome Jennifer! Getting into mental health coaching for athletes.
  • 05:15   mental health starts in the body
  • 06:54   recognizing mental health issues in athletes
  • 10:56   getting to the root causes of stress responses, looking at biology
  • 16:02   anxiety and depression as symptoms, not isolated states
  • 17:01   practical ways to manage anxiety in the moment
  • 20:29   inflammation with anxiety and depression
  • 22:31   nail the basics, then get to the “fancy” stuff
  • 23:47   stress of busy schedules and talking about our emotions
  • 28:47   potential benefits of cold exposure
  • 36:29   light and mood, circadian rhythms, SAD lamps
  • 40:57   injury and identity with sport
  • 44:04   journaling, stream of consciousness writing and gratitude
  • 47:39   laughter is the best medicine!
  • 53:48   transformational journeys for athletes
  • 58:22   holistic approach to training and health
  • 1:00:22 mental health after racing, finding that dopamine hit!
  • 1:03:03 find out more about Jennifer
  • 1:04:32 closing thoughts
  • 1:05:34 outro

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