How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Sports Teams?

Sports teams can be a lot of fun to follow, especially when they are doing well and may even be competing for a championship. Part of the reason is that special high when they make waves across the country.

Another aspect is being part of the communal excitement which infuses the family, overtakes the neighborhood, and fills conversation at work and throughout the region.

All of this considered there are times when the relationship with teams become an unhealthy distraction in our lives (the love hate relationship with sports) and, to put it mildly, doesn’t always make us a good sport.

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Consider the following:

Becoming a Couch Potato

Watching your team can be exhausting, especially when it means sitting in front of the television for hours at a time on a regular basis. First of all being continuously stationary like when sleeping is ok but if it’s from being glued to the television as a couch potato it can be a little hard on the body.

Then there’s the food factor. Eating and drinking are tied to the occasion which means even if the food is on the healthier side it’s still a calorie driven activity.

Finally, when we’re spending so much inactive time indoors there needs to be good air circulation or else constantly breathing in stale air can become a health hazard. This is particularly true in wintry cities like Cleveland where most of the cold season means heating blasts all day long with little fresh air entering the home.

What this all boils down to is does involvement with the game turn into a continuous struggle with our body or can we use the time differently like running on the treadmill when watching, keeping better tabs on how much we eat, and making sure the oxygen supply hasn’t compromised out judgment.

Ignoring Family

If you’re single the couch potato syndrome stands alone, however, when family is involved the issue can get even trickier. Don’t get me wrong. It’s great to watch sporting events with the kids but when the family is interested in doing something else and you have a hard time separating from the game remember it should be the other way around.

When the pressure is on because family time is the thing becoming a distraction it’s time to stop, turn off the game and refocus on what’s truly important.

Alternatively other issues may arise including certain family members being fans of a different team. That’s when it’s important to be an example and watch out for brewing competition reminding everyone it’s only a game.

Staying up too Late

Sometimes our favorite sports team is based in a different region or their away games are in a different time zone. What this can amount to is staying up too late in order to catch the play by play.

Doing this once in a while is ok but when it becomes a regular activity it can very easily affect our daily schedule and responsibilities such as interpersonal relationships and readiness for work.

That being the case if the game is that important for you to watch try recording it or order a subscription which allows it to be seen at any time. That way you can get a good night sleep and if you want watch it early in the morning before the results are all over the news.

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Becoming Depressed

Love for our sports teams can be a positive influence in our lives. When they win we feel like we won something, when they loose we suffer defeat too but it only helps build character in having patience for next year.

However, while the former is a positive experience the pain of the latter can often become an issue when taken too far. For instance, have you ever turned on a sports radio station after a major defeat by the hometown team and listened to how depressed some people calling in sound? To a number of them it’s the end of the world and nothing else matters. Days, even weeks can go by as they mourn defeat.

Loosing is upsetting and it can take some time to recover but when it becomes a chronic downward spiral it’s a dangerous line to cross, especially with so many amazing things in the world to appreciate.

Jakob Barry

Jakob Barry is a Green Living journalist for helps homeowners save time, money and frustration by connecting them with home improvement professionals. From plumbers and roofers to heating contractors and handymen, Networx simplifies the process of locating a reliable professional.

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