C’mon you boys in green #COYBIG
Euro 2016 kicked off in style on Friday night, with Dimitri Payet’s stunning strike securing a hard- fought 2-1 win for the hosts in Paris.
The Irish team are playing their first match tonight to get their campaign underway, with a formidable Swedish team awaiting Martin O’Neill’s team in the Stade de France.
As with every major tournament, the fans have travelled in number to support the team. The Irish fans made headlines in Euro 2012 for their enthusiastic support of the boys in green.
We should see a similar scene at France this summer, with thousands of Irish fans heading to Paris in droves for the first match.
Support is hugely important to any sportsperson, often giving them the extra energy or belief required to overcome challenges. The same can be said for the challenges faced in our everyday life, a strong support network can help us through the tough times we face.
A problem shared…
Bottling your problems up is never the best way of dealing with an issue. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness, rather it is a sign of strength.
When you’re going through a tough time, sharing your problems with a trusted family member or friend can help ease the burden. As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.
A shoulder to lean on
Offering support is equally as important. Something as simple as listening to a friend can be a great help to someone going a hard time. Providing a non-judgmental space for discussion can allow the person to express themselves and talk openly.
Keeping in touch is important, let your friends know you’re there to help.
Best of luck to the Irish team over the coming weeks, I’m sure they’ll do the supporters proud.