Simone Biles on why tuning up the mind is as important as the body

'You can keep pushing'
Simone Biles
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As an Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles is no stranger to the importance of health. While she’s well-known for spending long hours in the gym, training and maintaining her physical health, she also knows the importance of tending to her mental health.

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Biles opened up about her personal mental health practices in a recent interview in Health magazine's July/August issue.

"For a while, I saw a psychologist once every two weeks," Biles said. "That helped me get in tune with myself so that I felt more comfortable and less anxious."

In addition to seeking professional help, Biles is sure to destress through activities that bring her joy, like relaxing by the pool and spending time with her family and boyfriend, Jonathan Owens.

While Biles is very in-tune to her mental health now, she admits she has not always been that way. When asked what advice she would give to her younger self, Biles replied “To be a little bit happier. To know that it's not over just because something happens in one day. You can keep pushing."

Biles recently earned her 7th national title at the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championship and is headed to the Tokyo games happening this year after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255

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