Ohio State University football coach Ryan Day recently discovered a new passion for tennis. But the Big Ten Buckeyes champion boss admits his game is more brute force than accuracy.

“The tennis coach here, Ty Tucker, has been incredible. “He lets me go to the tennis courts a few times a week and I try to hit the tennis ball as much as I can,” Day said. “After 45 minutes, I feel so much better.”

For Day, it’s less about aspirations for a new athletic career and more about managing his physical and mental well-being.

“You sweat, hit the ball, shout and shout and maybe curse the ball. You come out feeling better about yourself and can continue your day. “I think those things really help to have an outlet,” he said.

Having an outing or an escape is a critical part of the day’s mental health routine. It was part of the advice and message he gave students as speakers presented for a discussion on mental health during the pandemic presented by Student Student Government, Block O, Ohio Union Activities Board, Mental Health Issues, MindVersity and Educators Student-Athletes With

“We all have physical and mental health, and taking time and focusing only on your physical health and not on mental health is a recipe for disaster,” Day said.

He discussed the importance of breaking the stigma of mental health difficulties, while showing how mental health has affected him personally. He also answered students’ questions and explained what works in his life.

Day is a powerful advocate for mental well-being, as he had a deeply personal experience with the importance of mental health: His father Ray died of suicide when Ryan was 9 years old.

“No one knows the truth of the matter. It was a shock to everyone in my family and everyone he knew, “he said.

Suicide is the most extreme result of poor mental health. However, as Dita explained, mental illness can manifest itself in alcohol and drug abuse, infidelity, gambling addiction, high anxiety or apathy.

Day said that a key to his mental well-being, in addition to destroying tennis balls, is a support system of people who love and help him, but also tell the truth. He said proper rest and diet make a big difference in his life, too.

He also said that it is important to know the natural ups and downs of normal life. It’s worth celebrating success and achievement. It is also okay to stay alone when facing challenges.

“Life is about ups and downs. We all go up and down. When things are going well and you are on the rise, enjoy yourself as best you can. Hug your family, hug your friends, get everything you can get. Love her, have fun, laugh, have fun, “he said.” But in a moment, she will turn down, and when she turns down and becomes hard and becomes hard, you just have to stay. That’s all you do is hang on because eventually, if you just stay, it will come back and come back again. This is the only way life works. ”

The day was joined by Head of Wellness and Dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Melnyk, who reminded students of some of the services that exist in Ohio State to serve them.

“Please access our resources. Engage in our programming. If we do not take the time now to take good care of ourselves, we will have to make time for illness later,” she said.

The University Counseling and Counseling Service provides individual and group mental health services, as well as prevention and communication programs with students. Ohio State: Wellness app provides information and access to resources on mobiles, computers or tablets. Melnyk also mentioned a new Mask On / Mood Up campaign to promote evidence-based tactics by wearing masks that promote mental well-being.

“Please engage in our programming because we know that resilience helps prevent mental and physical health problems,” she said.

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