In a discussion online, Sachin Tendulkar spoke about mental health: I realized over a period of time that I had to prepare mentally while physically preparing for the game. Before the match begins, tension is high when you come into the field. I felt tension for 10 to 12 years.
I did not sleep at night before the match. It was only then that I began to accept that this was part of my preparation. I convinced my mind on sleep-deprived nights. And I started doing some things to keep the mind calm. I was involved in watching television and playing video games in the early hours of the morning.
Tea making and ironing my clothes also helped me prepare myself for the competition. I will take all the things I need to put in my bag before the match. My brother taught me all this. Then I got used to it. I followed all this till the last match I played for India.
When injuries occur, the fitness expert and doctors will examine you and diagnose your defect. The same is true for mental health.
We can learn from anyone. Once I stayed at the hotel for a match in Chennai. Then a man brought dosa to my room, placed it on the table and advised me. He found out the fact that the elpo card I was wearing was responsible for my inability to rotate the bat properly and solved my problem. Sachin said.