Michael Phelps says the pandemic has brought about
Without a fixed routine during the epidemic, he says he endured one of the most difficult periods of his life.
“The pandemic was one of the scariest times I have ever known.
“I am grateful that my family and I are safe and healthy. I am thankful that we don’t have to worry about paying bills or putting food on the table like so many other people do. right now. But still, I’m in trouble. “
Phelps became an advocate for openly discussing mental health after his retirement.
He described how the therapy and support from his wife, Nicole, helped him manage his depressive episodes.
In the past few weeks, he has stated that he plans to escape the gym for 90 minutes in the morning each day.
“If I miss a day, it’s a disaster,” said Phelps.
“Then I go into a negative thought pattern in my own head. And when that happens, I’m the only one who can stop it. And it usually doesn’t stop very quickly.
“I’m just going to drag him, almost to punish me somehow. That’s what I do if I make a mistake or upset someone, so I think it’s always my fault and I get rid of it. “
“When it happens day after day, you can get into a scary situation pretty quickly. And it’s quarantine most of the time.”
Phelps is a spokesperson for the online therapy company TalkSpace and, earlier this month, donated 500 months of free therapy to healthcare workers on the front lines of Covid-19’s response.
He also launched the Michael Phelps Foundation which promotes healthier lifestyles for children through swimming.
“I want to help others. And I want to hold myself accountable,” said Phelps.
“There are a ton of people fighting exactly the same thing. It doesn’t matter what you have experienced, where you come from or what you want to be.
“Nothing can hold you back. You just need to learn the tricks that work for you and then stick with them, believe them, to keep you from entering a negative cycle.”