My name is Chris Heid. I'm a retired Canadian hockey player that had the privilege to play a game professionally for 11 years. I now reside in Germany with my wife and two kids and coach the game I love. My career ended with multiple concussions that lead me down a dark hole filled with uncertainty, panic and anxiety, with not knowing if I could ever play again or support my family. Fortunately my life changed for the better and I was able to get the help I needed, get a University degree in Mental Coaching through the University of Salzburg and set off on my new journey. I have known many hockey players and people who have suffered throughout their lives mentally one way or another. I have seen ex-teammates take their lives and families torn apart, players not realizing their full self-worth and I want to do whatever I can to make sure nobody suffers and to be there to help people get back on their feet again.
Our brains constantly do what we constantly think. Over time, bad habits, doubt and negative self-talk become normal for the brain and can lead to various mental problems. In order to achieve happiness and success, we need to have ways to adjust our focus with various interventions and coping mechanisms to shift the mind in the right, best functioning direction.