Season 3, Episode 25 | Cindy and Carrie on the Rebound Lifestyle, mid-Pandemic

This podcast—and our book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries—exist primarily to teach mental skills to sidelined athletes. But we’ve always known these lessons and techniques can transcend injury, and even sports performance.

It’s one of the aspects we covered in the final chapter of the book, called “Rebound Lifestyle.” While we never imagined we’d be applying them to a global pandemic, here we are—and both of us, Carrie and Cindy, have been finding the same mental drills we use to bounce back from injury surprisingly relevant.

So, since the coronavirus looms large in everyone’s minds—and journalists, athletes, parents, and coaches alike have reached out to Carrie for advice—we’re spending this first episode of our new season (we’ve missed you!) discussing how to navigate these stressful, uncertain times.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why it’s important to remember that you can feel more than one thing at a time (5:06)
  • Two big reasons why journaling is an especially helpful habit right now (8:48)
  • How emotions, like viruses, can be contagious—and how to avoid “catching” those that might not serve you (10:06)
  • The exact words you can use to talk yourself through fearful moments (13:43)
  • Why you might be feeling more fatigued and less productive right now, and how to work with that (17:32)
  • What “controlling the controllables” means in an off-the-charts situation like a pandemic (18:59)
  • A key exercise that can help anytime you feel stuck: Go FAR (Feel, Accept, Recover) (23:31)
  • Why it’s OK to be bummed out by things like injuries and canceled races (aka why we shouldn’t compete in the “suffering Olympics”) (27:22)
  • Warning signs that you should seek outside help for your mental health—and where to find it (31:28)
  •  The three key things you should for yourself right now, today (36:57)

IMPORTANT: If your emotions are overwhelming or you’re afraid you might hurt yourself or others, you can text HOME to 741741 in the U.S. (If you’re elsewhere, other numbers are listed at You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at

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