Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently discussed his relationship with former professional race car driver, Danica Patrick.
When sitting down on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, the NFL legend made it apparent that no topics are off-limits. From the usage of psychedelic drugs to his past relationships, Rodgers was very willing to discuss his personal moments of growth. According to the athlete, dating ex-race car driver Danica Patrick was a turning point for practicing mindfulness.
“I was dating Danica and that relationship was great for me because she is on her own journey and spirituality is important to her,” he relayed. “We both were finding our way, learning about different things [and] practicing meditation techniques.”
The couple spent two years together and called it quits in July of 2020. However, the pair spent a large majority of the COVID-19 isolation period together. During this time, they took online classes together, joined forces to learn other languages, and watched movies.
At the time, Patrick shared what she and Rodgers got up to while being estranged from society. “I still got guitar on my list to practice, but I haven’t done that. So yeah, watching shows, watching movies. Like everyone else, we’ve watched Tiger King,” she commented, according to media outlet PEOPLE. She added, “Aaron got Rosetta Stone on his phone, so we’re learning languages.”
Aaron Rodgers discusses mental health and the importance of mindfulness
Although their relationship only lasted two years, Rodgers emphasized the positive toll dating Patrick had on his mental health. During the relationship, he learned mindfulness techniques that have helped him long after their breakup.
“I’ve focused on in the offseason about how to take care of myself — the total package,” the 38-year-old said in an interview with Associated Press in 2021. “Not just my physical self with workouts but my spiritual self with my own mindful practices, my mental health as well. What’s the best way to take care of that? And that’s what I’ve been doing this offseason. That’s why I’ve taken the time I’ve taken and done the things or not done the things that I’ve done. And I’m very thankful for that time.”
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on my mental health. I haven’t dealt with bouts of depression or anything that for whatever reason are OK to talk about if you’re talking about mental health,” Rodgers continued, emphasizing the importance of a healthy psyche. “I’ve just been really trying to think about what puts me in the best frame of mind.”
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