Mind & Body

How to get real about your mental health

Everyone experiences mental health setbacks from time to time. But champion surfer Tyler Wright has learned it’s OK to embrace discomfort.

As a two-time world champion who sits on top of the leader board for the current season of the World Surfing League Championship Tour, 26-year-old Tyler Wright may appear to have it all. But even world-class athletes suffer anxiety.

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“I think every person experiences mental health [events] at some stage of their life. I don’t like to use the word ‘issues’,” Wright tells Body+Soul.

“I have anxiety. I speak to my psychologist once a week. I haven’t been in the greatest headspace for two years [as she recovered from illness] and coming out of that I struggled with ‘how do I catch up?’ I had to embrace my discomfort. And I learnt that it’s OK to be kind and compassionate to yourself.”