Lightning Players Share Mental Well-Being Tips

Posted on May 27th 2021 by Florida Blue

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For many Americans, stress and anxiety levels have grown exponentially since the onset of the global pandemic. No one is immune to these challenges, not even professional athletes.

This week in particular has been a stressful one for players and fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the team battled against the Florida Panthers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With May being mental health awareness month, several of the Lightning’s top players teamed up with Florida Blue to promote mental well-being and encourage healthy communities by sharing tips to manage stress and live healthy lives – on and off the ice.  

For defenseman Victor Hedman – it’s all about finding ways to relax. Here are his top tips to stay mentally healthy:

  • Spending time with family.
  • Being outside.
  • Filling out crosswords.

Defenseman Erik Cernak also likes finding time to get some fresh air. Here’s how he ensures his mental well-being:

  • Being outside as much as possible.
  • FaceTiming with family and friends back home in Slovakia.
  • Watching movies.

Center Anthony Cirelli stays mentally healthy by finding me-time. His three go-to stress relievers include:

  • Relaxing at the pool.
  • Listening to music.
  • Talking with family back home in Canada.

As for Blake Coleman, staying mentally healthy is all about taking deep breaths. Here are the ways the forward stays mentally strong:

  • Breathing exercises.
  • Spending time outside with his family.
  • Being intentional about getting the proper amount of sleep.

It’s important to remember that even little things – like taking a walk outside or enjoying a laugh – can positively impact our mental well-being.


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