I suffered from mental illness for more than 15 years in silence before making the decision that I needed to get help. It was a decision that would ultimately save my life and leave me inspired to do something to bring awareness to mental health. More importantly, do something that has the power to inspire others suffering in silence to seek help and avoid becoming just a statistic.
When I was told by a psychiatrist in the psychiatric ward that due to my mental health I’d never golf again, I didn’t know how to respond at the time. It wasn’t until after I’d been released that I began having strong feelings about being told what my having bipolar disorder was and wasn’t going to allow me to do moving forward.
It ultimately drove me to approach the team at The Tour Performance LAB with the idea of The LAB Project; a project that would give everyone an inside look as I work with the Tour Performance LAB team to return to competitive golf. It would also give an inside look to the challenges I face on a daily basis on and off the golf course living with bipolar disorder.
A month into The LAB Project, I’ve already proven that psychiatrist wrong as the work I’ve done with the Tour Performance LAB team has only reinvigorated my passion for the game. The time in the gym with Lindsay Manion has addressed the weaknesses found during my TPI Screen. While the session I spent with Matt Palsenbarg opened my eyes to Vision 54 and how beneficial HeartMath training will be to both my golf game and my personal life. The tools I’ve been given have translated to more effective practice sessions, some of the best ball striking I’ve seen in years and a 360 approach to training that puts me in the best position to perform at the highest level.
The 360 approach to training has afforded me the opportunity to understand the best practices while training that will carry over to the golf course. For example, what’s best to eat and to drink which for me personally has been following the Paleo Diet Solution and using the BioSteel Sports Supplements line. It allows me to continue performing at the highest level without seeing the decrease in performance that inevitably brings my bipolar disorder to the forefront.
My bipolar disorder challenges my drive and my ability to consistently push the limits while I’m in the gym or putting in the time training when I’m away from The Tour Performance LAB. It’s going to be a long journey but it’s all worth it if I can bring awareness to mental health by inspiring others in a similar position to overcome their fears and chase their dreams. If The LAB Project can help to break the stigma attached to mental health, it’ll mean more to me than ultimately returning to playing competitive golf.
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