Sports teams can be a lot of fun to follow, especially when they are doing well and mayÂ even be competing for a championship. Part of the reason is that special high when theyÂ make waves across the country.
Another aspect is being part of the communal excitement which infuses the family,Â 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 anÂ unhealthy distraction in our lives (the love hate relationship with sports) and, to put it mildly, doesnâ€™t always make us a goodÂ 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 theÂ television for hours at a time on a regular basis. First of all being continuously stationaryÂ like when sleeping is ok but if itâ€™s from being glued to the television as a couch potato itÂ can be a little hard on the body.
Then thereâ€™s the food factor. Eating and drinking are tied to the occasion which meansÂ even if the food is on the healthier side itâ€™s still a calorie driven activity.
Finally, when weâ€™re spending so much inactive time indoors there needs to be good airÂ circulation or else constantly breathing in stale air can become a health hazard. This isÂ particularly true in wintry cities like Cleveland where most of the cold season means heatingÂ blasts all dayÂ long with little fresh air entering the home.
What this all boils down to is does involvement with the game turn into a continuousÂ struggle with our body or can we use the time differently like running on the treadmillÂ when watching, keeping better tabs on how much we eat, and making sure the oxygenÂ supply hasnâ€™t compromised out judgment.
If youâ€™re single the couch potato syndrome stands alone, however, when family isÂ involved the issue can get even trickier. Donâ€™t get me wrong. Itâ€™s great to watch sportingÂ events with the kids but when the family is interested in doing something else and youÂ 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 itâ€™s timeÂ to stop, turn off the game and refocus on whatâ€™s truly important.
Alternatively other issues may arise including certain family members being fans of aÂ different team. Thatâ€™s when itâ€™s important to be an example and watch out for brewingÂ competition reminding everyone itâ€™s only a game.
Staying up too Late
Sometimes our favorite sports team is based in a different region or their away games areÂ in a different time zone. What this can amount to is staying up too late in order to catchÂ the play by play.
Doing this once in a while is ok but when it becomes a regular activity it can very easilyÂ affect our daily schedule and responsibilities such as interpersonal relationships andÂ readiness for work.
That being the case if the game is that important for you to watch try recording it or orderÂ a subscription which allows it to be seen at any time. That way you can get a good nightÂ sleep and if you want watch it early in the morning before the results are all over theÂ news.
Have You Seen It?
Love for our sports teams can be a positive influence in our lives. When they win weÂ feel like we won something, when they loose we suffer defeat too but it only helps buildÂ character in having patience for next year.
However, while the former is a positive experience the pain of the latter can oftenÂ become an issue when taken too far. For instance, have you ever turned on a sports radioÂ station after a major defeat by the hometown team and listened to how depressed someÂ people calling in sound? To a number of them itâ€™s the end of the world and nothing elseÂ 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 chronicÂ downward spiral itâ€™s a dangerous line to cross, especially with so many amazing things inÂ the world to appreciate.