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How to Handle the End of Football Season

Tarik Sloussi, M.A.

Football season has come to a close, which marks a difficult time for many die-hard NFL and college football fans like myself. This tough time is filled with grief, depression, and digestive problems. Though these symptoms may not be clinically significant in this case, they do warrant some attention.

If you can relate to the following video, read on…

When you realize football season is over

Posted by King Keraun on Sunday, February 7, 2016

With the conclusion of football season, die-hard fans no longer enjoy previously gratifying experiences like Saturdays and Sundays at home in front of the television. We become increasingly irritable; our eating habits drastically change (probably for the better); and we lack the energy and motivation to be productive with the abundance of free time that we have gained.

People tell us to “get over it,” but those people are obviously lacking empathy. Contrary to popular belief, the struggle of the off-season does not get better with time. As a result, it is vital that we develop and implement some effective coping skills to manage this difficult period.

Here are some of the coping strategies that I have developed to help me make it through the off-season:

Play Football

As an individual that is still relatively competitive on the gridiron, I jumped at the opportunity to join an adult flag football league a few months ago. Although the aches and pains following a game are unpleasant, the psychological relief that is achieved by scoring a touchdown on a bunch of old men is amazing.

Follow Another Sport

Although I am not the biggest fan of the NBA regular season, I do enjoy watching NBA stars like Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving make a fool out of their defenders. I also enjoy watching grown men bare knuckle brawl at local bars. Therefore, I can see other sports filling some of the void that I am experiencing without football season.

Begin Planning For Next Season

There isn’t much that compares to a Sunday on the couch watching your favorite team play, but the experience of watching your team play live with a stadium full of fellow man-boys is unparalleled. To be honest, I’ve already explored my favorite college football team’s 2016-17 schedule to identify which games I plan on dressing up for.

BONUS Tips: 

Rekindle Damaged Relationships

Apologize for screaming at your infant son for crawling in front of the television while the game is on. Yes, he should know better, but someone’s got to be the bigger person.

Stop Procrastinating

Take your family’s savings and build that man cave that you have been dreaming about. You get your own space to scream and curse and your family gets to do chores without you in the way – it’s a win-win for sure.

Regardless of the coping skills that you choose to implement, the important thing to remember is that consistency is key. You can’t just journal, exercise, or apologize to your child once and expect to feel better overall. Stay consistent my friends. Good luck this offseason, I know I will need it.

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About the author

Tarik Sloussi, M.A.

Tarik Sloussi, M.A.

As a therapist by day and a sports enthusiast by night, I welcome any opportunity to combine my two passions. Whether it’s incorporating play in therapy or writing sports related articles from a psychology perspective, I am pleased whenever my two worlds collide.

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