YesOnce his retirement, Michael Phelps Focused on raising awareness and helping athletes with mental health problems.
The 23 Olympic medalist, the former swimmer, says he rarely swims anymore, that he is focused on his role as a father and on helping other athletes who are in bouts of depression like him.
“I knew mental health was important, but I didn’t know how much. It’s huge,” phelps Said in an interview with L’Equipe.
“We saw it during the pandemic, people started speaking out. I am very happy that this is an issue that is out in the open.
“Athletes don’t roll it under the carpet anymore. It’s hard to speak at first but it sets you free. Speaking when you’re not well is like taking 50 kilos off your back.”
Phelps’ new life
The former swimmer reveals what his new life is like after retiring from swimming.
“I don’t stop. I travel a lot, with events with my sponsors, I do everything I do for my foundation that helps people feel safe,” phelps Told.
“When I’m not traveling, I take care of the kids: breakfast, school, homework… I also play sports regularly. I also play sports regularly and do a lot of mental health interventions. Am.”
phelps Still deals with tough days from a mental health point of view.
“Three, four or five times a week, there are times when I’m reeling,” he said. “It’s crazy, huh. But I managed to get equipment that helped me set up procedures, whether it was talking to someone, going for a bike ride, or going to the gym.
“After each session, my mind is clear, I’m more. It’s a part of my routine now. It’s been twenty years and it’s not going to stop like this.”
phelpsJoe says he doesn’t miss anything – he does it as a health game – explains that the thing he’s most proud of is “my role as a father, but a chance to save a life.” Too.
“There is nothing greater than this. When I was swimming, I never thought that I could give my all for something that attracted me so much. I pinch myself to tell that it This is the truth.”
words for american Simone Biles And Naomi Osakawho spoke openly about their mental health problems.
“I exchanged messages Naomi, phelps Told. “I know simone for many years.
“I was at the Tokyo Games and tried to support him, but you also have to give him space. It’s difficult for everyone, but even more so at this stage.”