It’s okay to be missing football.
Whilst mental health may not be the headline problem at the moment, millions of people around the world are suffering from poor mental wellbeing due to the sudden, uncontrollable changes that this situation has brought.
Football fans are no different. Our weekly structure has gone, our community is in lockdown and we are missing the emotions that football can bring.
Some may say its only football, but it is so much more than that.
Football is part of our lives and usually it is the one constant thing we can rely on. Many fans plan their lives around matches and football has seen them through some of the toughest times in their lives.
At present, people are dealing with separation from families, financial strain and many will have suffered the effects of the virus. This takes its toll on mental health and fans are just looking for that 90 minutes to escape it all.
As Leeds United fans, we are possibly feeling it a little more than most clubs.
One of our club legends sadly passed away and we have not yet been able to pay tribute in the way we would like. There is constant speculation about what will happen to our promotion hopes and there is no doubt that this is affecting a lot of people.
It is okay not be okay with all of this and it’s not selfish to want football back, because football coming back means we are slowly getting back to normal.
Football will be back and we will return to Elland Road, but in the meantime here are some tips to help:
- Stick to the facts and ignore the headlines
- Try and do some physical activity everyday
- Stay in touch with people, either by telephone, social media or video call.
- Use the filters on social media – you can choose to eliminate words you don’t want to see and still enjoy browsing social media.
If you are suffering with your mental health, please make sure you seek the appropriate help and talk about how you are feeling.
Mental health is just as important as physical health.
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Rethink Mental Illness
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Helpline: 0800 068 4141
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