WNBA Star Liz Cambage: ‘We’re All Struggling With Something, And It’s Normal’

Photo credit: Jordan Drysdale
Photo credit: Jordan Drysdale

For the Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, game-day preparedness isn't just a physical exercise—it's a mental one too.

The center, originally from Australia, has long dealt with depression and anxiety and is vocal about the assists she gets from therapy and medication. Liz is also quick to point out that she's still figuring out what works for her.

For instance, in late 2018, when under a physician's care, she decided to go off her meds because of the side effects she was experiencing. After a celebration-heavy, whirlwind All-Star weekend, followed by a number of sleepless nights, Liz had what she describes as a "full-on breakdown." She sat out the team's next two games to focus on her recovery.

Now it's her mission to make sure everyone—whether fan or fellow player—knows there's help to be had. "We’re all struggling with something, and it's normal," she says. "I'm telling my story to inspire others to reach out." Spoken like a true MVP. So we asked Cambage, who holds the record for most points scored in a single WMBA game—53, set in 2018—to share her approach to mental health.

Find a meaningful beat for you.

"I’m not great at meditating—it always puts me to sleep—so getting lost in music is my form of mindfulness," says Cambage, who moonlights as a DJ. "I listen to everything from Hans Zimmer to 21 Savage. I've got a very eclectic taste in music!"

Take a moment to reflect on your wins—and your losses.

"You can't appreciate the good until you've been through the bad," says Cambage. "I always come back stronger."

Follow your path—and keep it clear.

"The best advice I've ever received is that you have to live your life, not someone else's," say Cambage, who was teased as kid for her height. "Do what's good for you. If someone's commenting on yours and what you should be doing, tell them to go focus on theirs."

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