Venus and Serena Williams Give Simone Biles Advice on Mental Health: ‘Life Is About Failures’

Simone Biles, Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Simone Biles, Serena Williams and Venus Williams

The tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are opening up about mental health in conversation with the next generation, they discussed how they stay “balanced” and talk themselves through tough moments on Red Table Talk
Serena Williams, Venus Williams ans Simone Biles
The tennis stars appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk alongside host Will Smith where they spoke about their new film, King Richard. On the show, the Williams sisters gave advice to seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles, who famously spoke about her mental health struggles at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Biles, 24, appeared virtually on the show to ask Venus, 41, and Serena, 40, about how they keep going, specifically when they need a mental health break.
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Venus explained that “athletes live very unbalanced lives” and when she needs a break, she likes to take a moment to herself to relax and watch something silly as a way to “balance me out” and prepare for what’s next.

“I think just asking yourself a question, like how do I want to remember this moment? How do I want to handle this moment? If I look back in 10 years, how will I feel about this?” the seven-time Grand Slam winner offered, and her younger sister agreed.

Venus said that it’s important to remember that “life is about failures” and that failing is okay to do, adding, “Because even when you look back in those 10 years, even if you fail, if you just gave it your all with what you had that day, that’s still perfectly fine.”
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Meanwhile, Serena told Biles that valuable lessons come from losses, and that she becomes “my best player every time I lose.”

“I think sometimes people are afraid to lose if they start winning, or they’re afraid to fail,” the 23-time Grand Slam champ said. “But that doesn’t, I don’t even like the word. Like, it’s not a failure. it’s just, like, you slipped, and then you’ll get back up.”

Venus then chimed in, “And I think a lot of it, too, is just taking out whatever the hell other people think. When you let go of that, you are free.”
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Over the summer, Biles made headlines for exiting four out of five women’s gymnastic finals at this year’s Summer Games. She cited intense pressure and a case of the “twisties” — a disorienting condition gymnasts can experience when they lose air awareness, putting them at risk for injury when they land.

At the time, Biles explained she withdrew from the competition to focus on her mental health, saying on social media that her “mind & body are simply not in sync.”Simone Biles and Serena Williams


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