At Salisbury Super Sports we are asked, from time to time, whether playing a team sport can help with one’s work, and our answer is, “Yes, most certainly”.
Playing a team sport, as with any endeavour in life that involves you immersing yourself into situations where you need to communicate with other human beings is very beneficial. It is guaranteed to stretch you in ways that allow you to learn skills for functioning cohesively and effectively within the different peer groups that you encounter during the course of your life. This translates into your work life for sure.
It has to, because while playing a team sport you are forced to problem solve, share ideas, delegate roles and work within those roles together as a team, towards a common goal. It is the same as in a workplace. This expands your brain, and opens your mind to interesting new ways of interacting with the different personalities that you encounter during your day to day life. Experiencing this in a sporting arena allows you to test out what works and what doesn’t, without impacting on your livelihood. Then once you have tested your theories on your team mates, and built some great friendships along the way, you are better equipped to handle anything in the workplace like a champion.
Humans: Social Animals
Humans are social creatures, and, as such, they need the connection with other human beings to learn about themselves and to develop cognitively, as well as spiritually and emotionally. Even for the most introverted of us, the desire for human contact on some level is as important to our well-being as food and water, even if we might not realise it at times. If you watch any documentary of the animal world you can see how interrelated every living being actually is, and the human world is no different. It may often be a concrete jungle for many of us, but it is still a jungle, and is governed by social laws specific to our evolving species. Learning skills in navigating through this jungle is paramount to both our ability to survive and also to thrive.
Get More Out of Your Body
For many of us, sitting down is a big part of our work life. We sit down on the way to work, and then we sit at a desk for up to eight hours a day, behind a screen. This doesn’t do our bodies any favours. If you don’t use it, you lose it, so get moving and stretch those muscles during your free time, to keep yourself in good shape. Not only will it give you more energy physically, but also you will find that you are clearer in your thoughts, and you are more easily able to cope with the daily grind.