French champion with Feytiat Basket, Anaïs Deyres has fallen victim to a burnout: “When passion becomes hell”, her unique and strong testimony

“I’m crazy.” Anaïs Deyres, 28, has long, long realized this, but in the end she made a statement. Non -stop: “I’m sick of basketball”. At what point? “I’m not sleeping anymore, I’m forcing myself,” he replied. I was so stressed in training that I forgot the instructions. I got into a vicious circle where I continued to humble myself. I had a panic attack, I cried for hours. For me, I’m crazy. Shit as a basketball player, shit as a woman. He continues: “People tell me, it’s just basketball. Don’t worry, it’s over. “Unfortunately, that never happened …

“The best thing I’ve ever done in my life”

If the native Agen experiences “two alerts” in Brive through “anxiety attacks”, he seeks the onset of his Ifs problems. During his fourth season in Normandy, in 2019. “After last year’s playoff losses, I felt the weight of guilt and just kept the negative things from my interview with my coach”, he testified. He wanted to come back stronger, take refuge in work. More than reason. This was his downfall.

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“During the summer, I prepare like never before. In fact, I forced myself, ”he said. Unconsciously, he spun around. It started with neck pain. Then comes the stress and the nights of anxiety. And this fear would not leave him. Anaïs Deyres, this smiling, funny, kind woman (on the outside, she has a specialist diploma in education), is no longer on her own. “I’m not in line anymore,” he said. I have a mask on, I pretend everything is fine when it’s really hell. ”Basketball is no longer a game. His passion is slowly consuming him.

Pushed after six seasons of Ifs, the captain thinks that by joining Feytiat this summer, everything will be better. New city, new club, new environment for new life? Even 500 kilometers away, his demons would not allow him to walk. Kugihan. Gahi. Not tolerable. “I asked myself at home and I said to myself: your whole life is about anxiety. You can be in charge now, or it will take on proportions you don’t want”. He decided to consult: “This is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I have a lot to do. “
Anaïs Deyres had a complicated time but always smiled

She opened her eyes to her yesterday: “I think I grew up in an environment that aroused anxiety and I’m used to it”. Find the trigger: “The day I lost trust in the coach I had the most confidence in, I lost everything. I don’t have anything. ”And worked on himself:“ During therapy, you progress and then repeat. It is very difficult ”. The former Brive player put a word on his health condition: burnout. After all, the road to recovery is still long…

“I’m a spectator”

Recruited as a reference player in NF1, he ended up leaving five major Feytiat. He apologized: “I was not ready to take on the responsibilities because I was afraid of making a mistake. This season, I’ve been in a series of fears of getting injured, being fired and then losing a game. Without a Deyres at 100% of its value, Feytiat holds on. The applicant does so. “Cyril (Sicsic, his coach) is tough on me but, honestly, I will thank him for a long time. He handled it well. I’m having fun again. “

Feytiat, too, found a smile after going through a thousand hardships. He qualifies for the playoffs. One click? “I was a spectator all season, I decided to be an actor”. He had his best game of the season against Le Havre for the first game of the final round: “My crush told me: ‘when you enter the field, try to play without worry for five minutes’ “. It’s better. Better. However, it remains weak. “Then there was the fear of succeeding,” the winger breathed.

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Despite everything, Anaïs Deyres became champion in France along with the Devils. An unthinkable title a few weeks ago for the team, an unexpected trophy for him. “It’s a time to rebuild and move,” he said. There was still anxiety, but in eight months I had reached 70-80% of the way there. This title is the best thing I could ever hope for ”.
A reward to end his misery? “For the first time in my life, I put happiness as the number one criterion in my career choice”. Deep down, Anaïs Deyres is still crazy. Crazy about basketball.

Bio express Anaïs Deyres.
Trained at Basket Landes, the native Agen started winning at a very young age by winning the Coupe de France among the cadets (2010) and became the France NF2 champion among the Espoirs (2013). He launched his senior NF1 career by playing for Brive for two seasons before joining Ifs for six years. With these two clubs, he has had two Coupe de France finals (Brive in 2015, Ifs in 2017).
He joined Feytiat this year where he became the French NF1 champion. She decided to join Anglet at the start of the school year: “I want to pursue my career with less pressure and focus on my work as a specialist teacher. I signed for NF2 but the club grew to NF1. My karma is positive now (laughs). This is my 10th time at this level.

Questions on … Julia Moulinard
patrician in psychotherapy

Can burnout affect an athlete?
Contrary to popular belief, burnout can affect any profession, without exception. Being a high -level athlete combines work and passion, which makes it even more difficult to establish limits.

How would you explain the specific case of Anaïs Deyres?
He seems to have realized this for a long time…

Burnout is a subtle syndrome that takes time to set up. This is why patients do not realize the extent of their distress until too late. In recent years, he has been led to believe that losses are entirely his fault and has won primarily because of his teammates. This pattern of thinking has a negative impact on his self -confidence and gives him the obligation to always be better without being unfair.

How did you work to stop his basketball worries?
The work on anxiety focuses on three points: rediscovering the joy of play, changing priorities, identifying and rediscovering different causes of anxiety. This follow-up is very special because it has to be done while simultaneously managing the rising pressure approaching the playoffs. His unconditional love for basketball and his great loyalty to his team and his club are the most powerful levers.

Do you think he is on the right track? Will he rediscover his indifference when he wins Basket Landes trophies?
Obviously. This year, she was able to juggle her work, her time and her therapeutic journey. Burnout is not a death, now he has a much better knowledge of himself and the tools to never live again. All this allowed him to reclaim this sport he loved so much and to win the title of French champion.

Kevin Cao
Kevin.cao@centrefrance.com

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