Mom-To-Be Naomi Osaka Dishes Out Serious Mental Health Decision That She Wants To Instill in Her Baby – ‘Never Too Early..’

Published 04/02/2023, 6:29 AM EDT

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Every parent thinks of the values or beliefs they wish to impart early on in the lives of their child that they did not have or that are essential in the modern world. In a similar vein, Naomi Osaka, the soon-to-be mother, recently shared one lesson she wants to instill in her child as early as possible to help prevent problems down the road.

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The 25-year-old tennis player has been away from the tennis circuit for the past few months, as she is getting ready to embrace motherhood for the first time. And she is making use of her free time to consider the many activities she wants to do with her child as well as the morals she wants to instill in him or her in the future.

Naomi Osaka discusses her views on teaching her kids about mental health

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In a recent interview with Harpers Bazaar, the four-time Grand Slam champion discussed a variety of topics. It mainly focused on how she is attempting to ensure that her child grows up in a very healthy atmosphere despite the ongoing mental health crisis that is unfolding in the US. In that conversation, the host asked the Japanese tennis player when she would like to teach her child about mental health.

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The former world number one responded with a specific plan on how she wants to educate her kid about mental health as soon as possible. She said, “It’s never too early to teach children about mental health. It doesn’t have to be complex or too deep but simply to take moments for quiet, for meditation, for self-care.”

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Along with that, she added that she wanted to take things slowly with her child to help him/her build a wonderful atmosphere for themselves by enjoying quality time with family. In addition, the four-time Grand Slam champion is a great mental health advocate. Moreover, she has been transparent about the difficulties she has had in the past few years.

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Osaka was quite open about her mental health struggles

The Japanese tennis player has revolutionized the sports world by voicing her opinion on mental health. According to the 25-year-old tennis player, talking about mental health opened up a way to acknowledge others’ struggles as well.

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In an interview with Harpers Bazaar a few years back, she discussed her issues with mental health and how she used to stay quiet about her sentiments. Osaka mentioned how she avoided sharing something not right with herself in the open. She also shared how the outpouring of emotion from others regarding their own struggles made her feel pretty lonely at times.

The former US Open champion, however, doesn’t want her child to go through the same hardships.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.
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