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10 Steps to Becoming a High-Performance Athlete: Step 4 – Mental Attitude

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It all starts with a good attitude towards success, failure and having to put in effort, so no giving up! No high-performance athlete would be where they are now if they had given up. High-performance athletes have been shown to have confidence. Confidence gives athletes the power to push through, to take the shot the they don’t know they’ll make, to push themselves to the maximum, and have unwavering belief in themselves.

Below are our top tips to keeping a positive mental attitude:

- Stay motivated

- Fuel the brain to fight off the blues

- B vitamins! People with low B12 levels have more brain inflammation and higher rates of depression and dementia. Falling short on folate has long been linked to low moods.

- Iron. Too little iron in the blood (iron-deficiency anaemia) has been linked to depression.

- Omega-3s. These healthy fatty acids improve thinking, memory and, possibly, mood.

- Zinc. This nutrient helps control the body's response to stress. Low levels can cause depression. A great source is oysters, which pack 500% of your daily need of zinc but have just 10 calories apiece.

- Mussels, which are rich in brain-healthy selenium, are also a good choice.

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