Adam Goodes is a legendary Sydney Swans player and 2014 Australian of the Year, but he openly admits that life isn’t always a bunch of roses and dealing with depression is one of the challenges he has faced.
For this reason, Adam partnered with David Jones and the Black Dog Institute in September 2016 to promote their campaign for mental health.
In this interview, Adam gives us his strategies for dealing with depression:
1 Routine. Have a good routine and sticking to it.
Adam advocates having a good routine and sticking to it. He uses an 80/20 diet rule and schedules time for relaxation and exercise.
“Diet is a big part of it. The only reason I know that (diet has such a huge role), is because I’ve had to treat my body like a performance car. If I’m putting in crappy fuel then, the performance car doesn’t work to its best level.”
2. Exercise. 30minutes of exercise a day will help with your physical and mental health. Find something and someone that motivates you.
Adam says 30minutes of exercise a day will help with your physical and mental health.
“Some of the messages from the Black Dog Research Insitute is that we want people to go out and exercise together because what happens is you have a sense of achievement when you finish, and you have conversations while you’re exercising.
“It’s just like a debriefing session, and you might not need to go and see a psychologist because of the debrief you’ve had about your life with your friend.”
3. Ask for help. Understand that you’re just like everyone else and ask for help.
“There’s a stigma around depression, men are supposed to be tough, strong people, care for our family and not talk about our feelings but it’s catching us out,” Adam said.
“We need to acknowledge that we’re just like anyone else, we feel things, we hurt, we cry, and it’s okay to ask for help.
“The statistics around a suicide a week in this country is disgusting and men, unfortunately, are leading the way. Men need to take responsibility, care for each other, care for our mates, have conversations with our friends.”
4. Listen. The best help you can give is to listen.
Adam congratulates campaigns like R U Okay day for making in-roads into breaking down stigmas and getting people to reach out to their friends and family, but he says that doesn’t mean you have to fix the problem.
“When someone does say that they are not feeling okay, that’s not like you have to go ‘oh wow, what do I do, what do I do.’
“Sometimes it’s just about listening. It’s not about helping them or fixing them, just listen,” said Adam
About Adam Goodes
Adam Goodes is a legendary Sydney Swans player and Australian of the Year in 2104.
Adam announced his retirement from professional football in September 2015. He played a total of 372 games in 17 seasons, won two Brownlow medals (2003 and 2006), and two premierships with the Swans in 2012 and 2005.