Stay healthy. Stay strong.
Good health means both emotional and physical fitness. It's just as important to take steps to feel good mentally as it is to work out or eat right. Paying attention to pain and other symptoms is the first step. Seeing a doctor or therapist, managing stress, and keeping a balanced diet are just a few ways you can stay healthy.
Sometimes emotional health issues can have an impact on quality of life, whether they're related to stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or feelings of confusion. Emotional health, just like physical well-being, can be managed by taking the right steps.
- Manage stress.
- Talk with others about what is going on.
- Lean on friends, family, and your community for support.
- Take medication if needed.
- Talk to a therapist when you need to, and follow a treatment plan.
Physical injuries and health issues can have a serious impact not only on a player's career, but also on life off the field. Joint injuries, head and spine injuries, and cardiovascular issues can be significant challenges for players, no matter how long they have been out of the game. And chronic pain can affect your emotional health too.
- Take part in preventive screenings for common conditions.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Make regular doctor appointments.
If your health issues may be reaching a crisis point, call the NFL Life Line today at (800) 506-0078 or chat online. Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It's free and independently operated, so no confidential information about individual calls or callers is shared with the NFL, its teams, or any other organization. Support is only a phone call away.
Get the support you've earned and your loved ones deserve.
We can direct you to resources and tools to assist you and your family in handling whatever issues you're facing. Take the first step and call the NFL Life Line today.
You can also learn more about available resources using the links below.
- Learn more about the signs of crisis.
- Learn more about additional signs and symptoms that could indicate a problem.
- Take a self-check quiz.
- Find information about resources and benefits available from the NFL and affiliated organizations.
- Watch videos from members of the NFL family.
- Learn more about the NFL Life Line.