During my mid twenties I suffered a few long-term injuries and I really struggled to cope mentally.
I wasn’t a great person to be around and unfortunately my family would take the brunt of my low moods. I would have a lot of self-pity, not being able to do my job made me feel useless. It was during one of these times that I made a conscious decision that things had to change, it wasn’t fair on the people close to me.
I started reading a lot of personal development books and I engulfed myself in positive practices and routines. It had an amazing effect on my life. To this day I read books every day that will improve myself as a person, it has allowed me to detach myself away from football, which is something I always used to struggle with. This has had a positive effect on my game as well as my personal life. So following the injury at QPR, I tried to take all negatives out of the situation and look at only the things I can effect.
There is nothing I can do about the diagnosis of the injury and nothing I can do about not playing. To stop thinking about these things, I look at all the things in my life I am grateful for, my wife and children, my friends and family, my occupation. I know I am an extremely fortunate individual who is living a privileged life that thousands of young kids dream of, so I really have no need to be moping about! Doing this will always shift my mood if I’m ever feeling down and it will be something I do on a daily basis to make sure my mind-set in the right place to optimise my recovery.