Social anxiety and depression is a serious issue in our lives today. Sometimes it even starts at a young age. Luckily, there are ways around it.

One of the best cures for issues in young people’s lives is sports. It doesn’t matter whether it is a team sport like football, basketball, soccer or volleyball or an individual sport like swimming or wrestling. Your mind is on your side.

You learn invaluable lessons from sports. Coaches, families, fans, players and teams all unite. It is a rare feeling that you need to take advantage of.

If you have any interest in playing sports when you are young, go out and try it. Some sports are not for everyone due to physical aspects or mental aspects, but trying something never hurts.

For me, team sports was perhaps my favorite tool growing up. I played basketball from age 4 to 14 and soccer from age 4 to 17. I even took a chance with baseball for two years from 10-11.

Being a part of something gives many a purpose especially in the early stages of life. Find a way to learn from those experiences and take note of your surroundings.

Coaches and teammates can teach you plenty that you can take with you throughout life.

Honestly, who doesn’t want to have fun? Sports is a way to do just that.

Nowadays there is so much complaining when you get to the higher levels of sport, high school, college and beyond. That needs to stop because it is setting a bad example for the next generation.

Go out and learn when you are young. Struggle, score and enjoy. Don’t worry about winning games so much. Absorb it and soak it all in.

More columns soon…

Previous pieces

Worry about making the right play instead of who you’ll impress

Safety is key on and off the field

Be a leader wherever you go in life

Being personable goes a long way as a high school athlete

Dissecting the entire recruiting process for a high school athlete

Discover your niche and build from it

Make sure you find a role model to lean on

The whole point of sports is to have fun

Don’t forget about getting into the weight room

Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

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