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Andrew Cole, Newcastle United

How Change May Affect You

  • Change and the arrival of a new boss makes everyone anxious
  • You will wonder if the manager will change the team / will want to buy or sell anyone / have a different management style
  • There is anxiety in the team because the future is unknown and what is unknown can make us anxious
  • The stakes are raised in professional football for both for manager and player under a new regime
  • Turnover in managers is notoriously high and managers and players are often judged on their last game, and
  • Anxiety is a mental health condition but it can have a physical affect on the body. It can sap you of energy leaving you drained and de-motivated.

Anxiety

  • One in six adults is affected by anxiety/depression at any one time.
  • Anxiety makes you feel like something bad is going ot happen
  • Feelings of fear and anxiety can for a short time and then pass. But they can also last much longer and you can get stuck with them.
  • Anxiety affects your ability to eat, sleep, concentrate or enjoy life. It can affect your performance on the pitch.
  • Anxiety can hold you back from doing things you want or need to do, and affect your health. Other health problems that are directly based on fear include phobias, panic attacks and anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Some people become overwhelmed by fear and want to avoid situations that might make them frightened or anxious, and
  • Anxiety can make you feel physically drained, being in constant state of anxiety places extra stress on your heart.

“I had my own torture chamber. It was my bedroom. Every day I would return from training, quickly smuggle myself in through the front door, and get to that private sanctuary as fast as possible. Then I would stay there, locked in with my own very confused thoughts. I felt isolated and a little desperate, persecuted as well, and I had to overcome all those messed-up emotions. It wasn’t easy and it took time. Probably eighteen months followed before I had truly come to terms with life at United and I wouldn’t want to go through such an ordeal again.”

Andrew Cole, former Manchester United striker.

What Anxiety Feels Like

Anxiety is normal, particularly before a game, but ...

  • Anxiety and adrenalin work together with positive and negative effects. When it affects us negatively we doubt our ability and think the worst can happen. We expect to fail and this can affect performance.