'Felt alone in room full of people who love me' - Virat Kohli on significance of mental health

'The amount of pressure that you are constantly under can affect your mental health negatively,' said Kohli.

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Indian star batter Virat Kohli spoke about the importance of maintaining mental well-being amid pressure and criticism, among other things, for an athlete. He shared that there were times when he felt alone, even when he was in a room full of loved ones. He reckons that it is a feeling that a lot of people would be able to relate to.

Kohli feels that it is important to take some time out and reconnect with oneself whenever one loses connection with themselves. He said that an athlete must learn to compartmentalize time so that there is balance. He added that it takes practice and is something worth investing in, which he feels is the only way to get a “sense of sanity” and enjoyment while doing work.

“For an athlete, the sport can bring the best out of you as a player, but at the same time, the amount of pressure that you are constantly under can affect your mental health negatively,” said Kohli during an interaction with Indian Express. “It is definitely a serious issue, and as much as we try to be strong at all times, it can tear you apart.”

It wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you: Virat Kohli

Kohli’s advice to aspiring sports people is that while it is important to focus on physical fitness to be a good athlete, it is also necessary to be in touch with the inner self continuously. He also said that one thing that helped him unwind after a hectic season is spending time with family. He also added that travelling has helped him “de-stress.”

“I personally have experienced times when even in a room full of people who support and love me, I felt alone, and I am sure that this is a feeling that a lot of people can relate to. So, take out time for yourself and reconnect with your core self. If you lose that connection, it wouldn’t take very long for other things to crumble around you,” added the former India captain.