Stressful thinking creates catabolic energy – an energy that can show up as anger or victim thinking that will create tension, worry, fear and other negative emotions that will significantly limit their performance.
Stress in minor hockey players blocks creativity, intuition, flow, and decreases confidence. They may find they’re holding on to the stick too tight and just plain forcing their game. Self and outer awareness will be low, and they may find themselves in the penalty box often. Goalies may find their focus divided between the present and what they are thinking in their heads. They may find themselves taking things too personal and letting in goals they would normally be able to save. They will discover that how they carry their energy in one area of their life will be how they will carry it in other areas. Positive, peaceful, and effective thinking will create anabolic energy that is healing, growth-oriented, creative, highly intuitive, and associated with the experience of life flowing and being in the “hockey zone“.
There are six approaches a player can adopt to overcome stress and have a meaningful and successful hockey season:
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