Nicole Bolton has opened up on how she is glad she got to the point that intervention was needed as she struggled with her mental health last summer.
The star Australian and WA all-rounder has told ABC Grandstand’s Declaration how she had been suffering a form of burnout amidst a hectic international and domestic schedule.
Bolton was at the top of the her game when eventually stepped away from the Women’s Big Bash during the tournament to take some much-needed time away.
“When I chose to take a break it was a really hard decision for me to make,” Bolton told ABC Grandstand. “It sort of got to a point where something had to give. Spending that time away, I was really able to work on myself.
“It’s been a bit of a journey but I’m feeling a lot more like myself now and I feel like I’m a better person for it and hopefully it can show in my cricket as well. There was definitely some form of burnout.”
Bolton said the issue was complex and difficult to talk about at the time.
“I think I was dealing with a lot of different elements and it probably got to the point where some sort of intervention needed to happen and I’m glad it did to be honest,” she said.
“Initially, it’s a really hard conversation to have because you’re not really sure what’s going on.”
Bolton has had a strong start to the summer, making scores during the WNCL and a strong contributor with both bat and ball for the Perth Scorchers in the opening matches.
The Scorchers take on the Melbourne Renegades at the WACA Ground Friday night.