Olympic legend Michael Phelps shares the lowest point of his mental health battle – OutKick

Whether you’re a 23-time Olympic gold medalist or Tony Soprano, stress can creep in at the worst times, which is when a little therapy goes a long way.

Retired American Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps put his mind and body to the test en route to 28 Olympic medals in total.

Looking back on her decorated career, Phelps values ​​the importance of maintaining mental health in order to reach greater heights. To reach this point, Phelps had to overcome his lowest moment as an athlete.

“The therapy saved my life,” Phelps said in an interview with People MagazineAsia.

Phelps attested to driving through a valley in 2014 when he was arrested for driving under the influence – it was Phelps’ second DUI.

“At that point, I felt like the best thing for me to do was just end my life because I was causing so much pain to others — myself included,” Phelps said. “That’s when I really decided I needed help.”

Since retiring from the Olympic scene in 2016, Phelps has used his platform to uplift others as they overcome their issues with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety.

Phelps encouraged a balance of physical and mental exercise to soothe stressors and seek advice before anxiety swells rather than waiting for its peak.

“Being able to talk about how you feel keeps you from carrying that extra weight throughout life,” Phelps said. “I want my boys to be as prepared as possible for whatever happens.”

He added: “I was always in good physical shape. Now I want to be mentally and good physical shape. And if I can do those two things, then I feel like I can defeat absolutely anything thrown at me.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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