A Great Way to Take Care of Yourself This Mental Health Month is Getting Out on the Court!
This May, GAMMA wants to remind you to take time for yourself and your health. Tennis and Pickleball are two great ways to do this!
Keeping your brain active is an important part of keeping good mental and physical health. Both tennis and pickleball require focus, strategy, and quick decision-making, which can help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety. Plus, the physical activity involved releases endorphins, the body's natural mood-boosting chemicals, reducing stress and improving overall mental health.
Tennis and pickleball are also great ways to socialize and connect with others, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Playing racquet sports like tennis and pickleball can have significant social benefits. They can provide a sense of community and help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Racquet sports can help improve communication and teamwork skills, as players need to coordinate and communicate with each other to achieve a common goal. This can lead to a sense of camaraderie and increased social support, which can have positive effects on mental health.
At GAMMA, we want to provide the tools you need to have the best court experience. Our racquet strings will give your tennis game peak performance in any condition, so you’ll always be prepared to play your best. We also offer a wide range of quality-built pickleball paddles for any player type to make sure you’re comfortable on the court!
Make sure you prioritize your own mental health this month and every month. Contact a licensed professional if you have concerns.
Mental Health Resources:
- NEW 988 Mental Health Emergency Hotline: In July 2022, they launched nationwide a universal mental health crisis line. Calling 988 will connect you to a crisis counselor regardless of where you are in the United States.
- 911 Emergency
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI, or text “HELPLINE” to 62640. Both services are available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); suicideproventionlifeline.org. Or, just dial 988
- Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: suicide.org
- Crisis Text Line: Text REASON to 741741 (free, confidential, and 24/7). In English and Spanish
- Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
- National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency: 1-800-622-2255
- LGBTQ Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
- The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365. (Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning—LGBTQ—young people under 25.)
- The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline connects LGBT older people and caretakers with friendly responders. 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)
- The Trans Lifeline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people:
- 1-877-565-8860 (United States)
- 1-877-330-6366 (Canada)
By Eric Weicht