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Are you and your guy the kind of football fans who are only one scream away from calling the paramedics? If so, then this pre-Superbowl information is for you.
According to an article posted on LiveScience, being an overly-enthusiast sports fan — the kind who goes cray-cray when their team wins and becomes irate when their team looses, and whose overzealous emotions tied to the game lingers for hours or even days — can affect your emotional health. (After all, the word fan is short for fanatic, which is defined by Merriam-Webster as “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.”)
But have no fear — psychological experts have offered some practical tips on how to avoid going out of bounds…in the Red Zone.
A handful of the two-minute warning signs include nervousness, sweaty palms, shallow breath, heart palpitations and feeling the need to lash out. Ken Yeager, associate professor of psychiatry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says these strong reactions are associated with the “fight or flight” survival mechanism, and he feels “it's likely that you are getting a little too far into the game and a little too far away from the pleasure.”
He suggests intercepting this moment by removing yourself from the TV for just a minute or two. Yes, take a time out…but don’t miss the zillion dollar commercials. In order to prevent from receiving a penalty from those in your company, Yeager suggests: limiting your alcohol intake (since alcohol is a depressant, which won’t mix well with your emotions if the kicker screws up the field goal), thinking twice before betting your hard-earned money, and lowering the volume on your set being that “overstimulation from the TV can quickly increase agitation.”
And if applying these tips still causes you to fumble, keep in mind that the players are making some serious cash, and that a number of them are probably friendly — off the field, anyway — with the opposing team. (Well, okay, not Sherman and Crabtree.)
In other words, they may not be taking an unfair call or a loss as hard as you...and they’re most likely having more fun.