by Jude Jacob Kayton August 19, 2020
About me: I was born in North Vancouver, Canada and this continues to be my home base. Depending on where my team is located in the world, I move there temporarily and travel home when I can. I’m adventurous, always busy and ambitious.
I train 5-6 days a week. As an athlete, I’m sweating a lot and I’m outside for most of the day. The most important thing is keeping my skin hydrated and protected from the sun, in both hot and cold conditions.
My daily routine
First, I use PURIFY ME, then REVIVE ME, and I finish with PROTECT ME. I use these three products every day. At night, I apply I AM LOVE instead of PROTECT ME. My favorite FRÉ is REVIVE ME; I find it’s the most multipurpose product and is very hydrating. When I’m on the go, I wash my face and apply REVIVE ME.
My Fitness Journey
As a kid, I always was very active and I played every sport you can imagine. We had a family friend who played field hockey, and one day, I saw her play and fell in love with the sport. I begged my parents to let me join a team—they had never heard of it! It's a small sport in Canada and overshadowed by bigger sports like ice hockey and lacrosse. They signed me up when I was 7, and I’ve been playing ever since. Despite participating in competitive gymnastics, springboard diving, and running, I have always loved the camaraderie of team sports. At 16, I was selected for the national team, which was both exciting and challenging. Over the last 10 years, I’ve competed in many major field hockey events worldwide.
My Proudest Moments
I’ve been struggling with anxiety and depression since I was 15 and as an elite athlete, it has taken me a long time to come to terms with my mental illness. Over time, I’ve learned how to open up about it with people, including my coaches. I know a lot of athletes who struggle with mental illness; there isn’t much room for weakness and vulnerability at the elite level. Being open to tough discussions has helped in changing the way people view mental illness and this is a big thing for me. I think that if we all focus on our mental wellness, we can perform at a higher level.
Mental health in sport is important to me and I’ve been doing speaking engagements as a mental health advocate. I also recently started a Masters in Counseling Psychology. In the future, I hope to work with adolescents who have had experiences similar to mine with depression and anxiety. I wrote a blog about my struggles. My training is all consuming right now, but I hope to transition to more mental health work in future.
There are many barriers for those looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, like a lack of funds or knowledge. My advice is to just start! No activity is too small. With the pandemic, we’ve seen that you can easily do a workout from your home with cans or grocery items and still feel great. You don’t have to have a fancy gym membership or special workout clothes. So start small and use the great resources available online.
I’ve been focusing on gratitude and how there are so many small things in our lives that we take for granted. For example, I haven’t been able to spend this much time at home in 10 years! The upside of being at home is spending quality time with family, sleeping and reading. These are things I don’t normally have time to do.
I'm also reflecting on aspects of my life from before the Covid-19 outbreak that were hurting my wellness journey. These aspects include big things like toxic relationships and smaller things like not remembering to drink enough water. It’s been powerful to reflect on all of this.
Finally, I think it’s helpful to pinpoint 1-2 positive things each day and take everything day by day. There’s so much we can’t control.
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