Living Vicariously Through Sports Teams: Is It Healthy?
The Highs and Lows of Winning and Losing
The Physical Effects of Spectator Sports
Reducing Your Risk
- Drink in moderation. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can make you feel worse when upset.
- Avoid gambling, which may increase stress levels.
- Take frequent breaks, especially if you experience strong emotions.
- Turn off the volume on your TV. Reducing noise levels can help you calm down if you are upset.
- Exercise to reduce stress levels before the game.
- Avoid fans who tend to overreact and opt to watch a game with friends who get less upset.
- Make healthy food choices.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.
- Maintain normal sleep routines.
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org
Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Canadian Psychological Association http://www.cpa.ca
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/29/2014 -