Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California

Strong Minds

Special Olympics Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills.

Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.

Screening Process

Strong Minds
  • Athletes try different active coping strategies as they move through the stations.
  • At the end of the activities, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders to use these tools in competition and in daily life.

How to Keep Your Mind Strong

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Connect with others: Text, call or video chat friends, teammates, coaches and family.

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Get 8 hours of sleep: Avoid caffeine and technology before bed.

Stay active: Exercise 30 minutes a day most days of the week.

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Eat healthy foods: Fill your plate with fruit, vegetables, lean protein or beans and whole grains.

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Use Strong Minds strategies: Try deep breathing stretching/yoga and thinking positive thoughts.

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Ask for help: Contact your medical provider if you feel overwhelmed.

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