Aaron Rodgers focusing on mental health this offseason
Aaron Rodgers has been taking care of Aaron Rodgers this offseason.
Though his public spat with the Green Bay Packers has been dominating headlines since the end of the NFL season, the reigning league MVP has used his time away from the team to work on himself.
"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health," Rodgers said Monday, according to ESPN's Ben Baby.
"I haven't dealt with bouts of depression or anything, that I think for whatever reason, are OK to talk about if you're talking about mental health. I've just really been trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind," he continued. "What habits can I form that allow me to feel most in my body, most present, happiest? And that's what I've been doing."
Rodgers has spent parts of the offseason in Hawaii, and the veteran has been taking a necessary look inward.
"The mental side of it is so important for all of us athletes," he said. "I don't think it's talked about enough. But taking time to work on yourself is, I think, the best gift any of us can give ourselves."
The passer has been away from the Packers since the team was eliminated in the NFC Championship Game.
He didn't attend OTAs or minicamp, and there hasn't been any word about his training camp status. The 37-year-old said in May his issue with the team stems from a disconnect with the organization's philosophy. He also reportedly does not see eye to eye with general manager Brian Gutekunst.
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