Category: Sports

Can Sports Help People Experiencing Depression?

Depression is a unique experience for each person, but some things are common from person to person. One of these is a feeling of listlessness. Things that used to give you amusement and a sense of joy no longer have the same positive effect. You get more enjoyment from just lying in bed. Consequently, the amount of physical activity the person experiences drops considerably.

That is bad not only for their physical health, but also their mental well-being. When we engage in physical activity, our brains generate serotonin, the so-called “feel good” chemical. Have you finished an intense workout and felt wonderful afterward? That’s serotonin at work. However, you don’t need to take part in hardcore exercise to benefit. Even just getting out there for a few minutes each day can help.

Solitary exercise, such as walking, is fine for people with depression. However, if they feel up to it, sports can be an even greater aid. Going out for, and participating in, team sports means that the person is getting out of their home and engaging in at least moderate socialization. People with depression often isolate themselves and that defense mechanism can actually make their sadness seem worse.

If the depressed person can persuade themselves to give a sporting activity a try, they may find they rather enjoy it. Thus, they not only reap the benefits of serotonin, but also develop a sense of accomplishment and confidence. These can not only encourage them to come out again, but also perhaps try other things their sadness has caused them to shun.

Not every sport is right for everyone, of course. Thus, inevitably, some individuals with depression will try a sport and then quit. However, it is hoped that they can be encouraged to keep right on trying until they find the one that works for them.

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Cost of Building A Soccer Dome

No matter why you are considering building a soccer dome, cost is likely one of the major factors influencing your decision. It is important to get the right structure for your needs, of course, but it is also essential to maintain a reasonable budget. To help set you on the right path and provide you with as much information as possible, here are some of the things you can expect in regards to the cost of building a soccer dome:

soccer dome

Location of the Land

The land you want to build the dome on does play a role in the overall cost. Ideally, you will have the support of your local government and community. In addition, the size of the land will influence the cost of the soccer dome. If you want a larger dome, you will need a larger plot of land available! Larger domes tend to cost a little more, simply because they require more material and manpower to build.

Playing Turf

If you want to have a quality playing surface with Farley’s dome for soccer, you are going to need to invest in turf, as well as professional team to install it correctly. This is essential because the playing fields tend to take a lot of abuse. If you want the field to last as long as possible, you need the turf and the appropriate installation—it is the base of your investment.

Soccer Dome Structure

The good thing about the cost of building a soccer dome with Farley is the package you can work out. You can get a lot done in one place, which helps to maintain a reasonable budget than if you bought everything separately. With a soccer dome package, you will have things such as the flame resistant fabric for the dome itself, as well as the emergency exit doors, pedestrian airlock, interior lighting system, et cetera. To put it simply, you will obtain everything you need in order to build a soccer dome—all in one fell swoop.

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Depression in Sports

One of the worst things about chronic depression is the knowledge that few people understand what you are going through. How many times have you had someone tell you to just “get up and keep going.” If you have been in the throes of depression, you know all too well just how difficult it is to simply function on a day-to-day basis. Keeping going is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest with no gear or preparation.

A strange paradox with depression is that you both hate human contact and long for it. The people you can connect with the best are others going through the same hell you are, but you would rather hang out with “normal” people because maybe their “normalness” will rub off on you. The trouble is, when you are feeling down, you can’t help but compare yourself to others. It’s a losing game in which you will always come up short. I have had many a day when I was feeling a bit better quickly go south because of someone unintentionally reminding me of all the areas in life where I am currently falling short.

Choosing a therapist can be daunting. I have found that it is best to go for three appointments. By that point, you will know how comfortable and open you are with the person; those are two key areas in a successful therapeutic relationship. Never, and I mean never, continue seeing a therapist when the two of you do not have a rapport or the therapist’s views are not in line with your own. There is nothing wrong with a therapist challenging you, but there has to be some common ground. For example, if you are bisexual, seeing a therapist who does not believe bisexuality exists will certainly not help you.

Fortunately, there are some very good, open-minded therapists out there who can help to get you back on track. Most recently, a friend had a very good therapeutic experience with this service, and regularly sees a therapist there. Good luck!

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There’s More Than Just Sports

A lot of the time I see parents guiding their sons to go into sports or something that’s a “boy” thing to do.  However, I think it’s totally up to the kid.  Sometimes boys are more into arts and crafts or music but are pushed into playing hockey or basketball.  I think it’s completely acceptable for a boy to do anything he feels like doing.  If your son wants to learn ballet?  Go for it.  If he’s into piano or painting, get him into lessons for those.  It shouldn’t matter what your kid’s gender is – whatever makes them happy should be the most important thing for them.  And keeping them happy should be the most important thing for YOU.

And let me tell you one thing – whoever said that ballet isn’t a sport just hasn’t had the guts to try it.  It’s extremely hard and probably puts you in the best shape possible.  I know a boy who’s tried it and he’s better than all the other athletes I know.


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