University of Michigan women's track and field student-athlete Jaimie Phelan shares how mindful self-compassion guides her through difficult times as a student-athlete. This allows her to be comforted with self-kindness, much like how she would want to care for a friend or fellow teammate who is struggling. Photo by billy lee on Unsplash
When we're thinking of challenging ourselves or going on an adventure, there's very few who would think up something so huge as a 1,000 mile swim in open water, never mind the longest river in America, the mighty Missouri River.
Arielle Sanders, captain of the rowing team, was hampered with multiple injuries during her career. The mental toll grew during each comeback. Eventually, the pain was too much and she had to stop competing. While Arielle learned to cope with her situation, she still felt isolated. Nevertheless, Arielle found acceptance from her teammates and coaches.