Home Court Advantage
Many people are probably tuning in to the March Madness Basketball tournament, it is entertaining to watch the skill of these young athletes, their sportsmanship, teamwork, and passion representing their college in this highly competitive tournament draws in many viewers.
Some viewers may be placing bets on who will advance to the next level and there are many aspects that go into determining which team has the best chances.
One aspect we find in not only basketball but many other sports is the "home court advantage."
The Mental State
Why is it that the home team tends to score more points than the visiting team?
You would think that people who are trained at the top level wouldn’t be affected by cheering or noise in a stadium, and would focus on what needs to be done.
Home Court Advantage in basketball is described as the sixth man, because it's like having another player assist the team. The sixth man is essentially the crowd cheering on and supporting the home team and this is an advantage for that team.
Yet, even the most professional of us are human. Even the best of us are fallible to human shortcoming and emotions.
Using the Home Court Advantage Mentality for Symptoms of Depression & Anxiety
When a basketball player shoots a free throw and misses it, most players tend to give a high five to the rest of the team on the court.
Missing one point can be psychologically taxing, and the rest of the team is saying, “let it go, this happens, let's move forward”. This logic goes for the home team and for the away team.
The home field advantage can be connected to our everyday life.
Do you feel that you have home field advantage? Do you feel that your support structure is truly supportive, and wants you succeed?
Life is already difficult, and if you do not feel that you have the support that you need to succeed, and feel that you are playing as a “visitor” in a basketball game, then you are much less likely to succeed, or be satisfied, and are more likely to have depression and anxiety, and a host of other mental health illnesses.
Find a way to have a home court advantage. It isn’t the number of people in your life that matters, it’s the quality of the support and cheering that matters.
Contact us to speak with a mental health professional today!