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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > October 2018 > ”I’M DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT MY SWIMMING: HOW CAN I PICK MYSELF UP AND GET BACK INTO IT?”

”I’M DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT MY SWIMMING: HOW CAN I PICK MYSELF UP AND GET BACK INTO IT?”

Sport psychology consultant Helen Davis looks at how to get back your swimming mojo

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

We all have times when we just don’t feel it. Staying at home, rather than going out for your usual swim is much more appealing. You can feel stuck in a rut and find yourself saying ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ and then tomorrow never comes and time passes by. Whatever your reasons for feeling down in the dumps about swimming, picking yourself up and getting back into it can be difficult. What can you do to help yourself overcome these feelings?

Firstly, it is worth looking at why swimming just isn’t happening for you at the moment. Spend some time checking in with your motivation. Generally speaking, motivation comes down to three important ingredients that all need to be working together to maintain your levels of motivation. Ask yourself, are you down in the dumps because of one of the following reasons:

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In our October issue we look at the hot topic of cold water swimming and whether it can help beat depression and find out how to get back your swim mojo if you need a motivation boost. Plus we test all the latest pool training gear; swim in wild waters in Norway, the Bahamas and Italy; and delve into the swimming history of America's smallest state. And we share more of your inspiring stories, photos and swimming adventures.