Empowering yourself with knowledge and preventative habits is a must. In our practice we have seen where most people have it backward where they’ve ignore the red flags that you’re body sends you everyday until it’s too late.
When someone sustains a physical injury of any kind if not managed properly it can progress into a negative impact. These impacts can vary based on the individual; for example, an athlete sustaining a serious leg injury can be catastrophic and cause someone to be partially disabled, while an office worker sustaining a serious leg injury could possibly still work at their desk. The hidden side of such a setback is the psychological toll it takes on mood and self-esteem. This is a frequent consequence for everyone.
So how can you turn your motivation into positive energy following an injury? Although eating a proper, fulfilling diet is important during an entire lifespan, it is an especially crucial component in rehabilitating an injury. Providing your body with sufficient nutrients will allow the internal repair process of an injury to become a lot more efficient. Protein to rebuild tissues and calcium for bones, for example. Not only will a proper diet aid your body in its repair, it will also help you mentally focus better. When you eat well you generally feel good, and that feeling is important to keep your optimism high during your recovery.
Keeping on the idea of optimism, the mental aspect of a recovery is arguably the most important. By keeping a positive attitude and being around supportive friends or family members, an injury doesn’t feel as daunting. We know of the mind-body effects so increasing your coping capacity to recover mentally will allow you to push through pain and your own self-doubt.
Importantly, connected to this idea is the practice of maintaining physical activity during an injury. This may appear to be counter-intuitive but the benefits are significant for maintaining strength and optimizing healing. Obviously this can be physically challenging where an injury involves any immobilization of a part of the body, but there is always a way to keep some parts of your body moving, your heart beating faster and your blood flowing faster.
By increasing blood flow throughout the body, you’re allowing the blood to transport important nutrients and chemicals to the injured part faster, also improving the recovery process. Once given clearance by your physician, it’s important to exercise the injured body part as well since it will be needed to strengthen the surrounding muscles that may have not been in use, for example. Physical activity is often said to be the best medicine, so be sure to also stay active during an injury as much as possible.
Once an injury first occurs, it’s very likely that the person will want to just lay in bed for a few weeks and not do anything until it heals itself because their overall motivation has been greatly reduced. The most important thing that someone with an injury could choose is not let that effect last too long, and, to ultimately turn their motivation back around and make it a positive impact. In doing so, the road to recovery will become much more speedy and simple.
If applied with the right approach, the critical pieces mentioned above can turn an injury right around for you and turn you into a stronger person, mentally and physically! I am saying this based on my own personal experience with the whole injury cycle. I had a serious injury that sidelined me for three months; after two surgeries to my shoulder. My doctor thought I would be out for at least six months, however by staying active, eating healthy and keeping as positive mentally as I possibly could, despite a few weeks of intense pain and being unable to move my right arm. Although there’s an opportunity to spiral down, an injury should never be something that will completely sap your motivation from you. Injury can be a growing experience for anybody as long as that person does what they can to become healthy again.
If you’re currently dealing with injury concerns and are feeling some of the negative effects mentioned previously. Reach out to us at [email protected] or 416.849.4765 for a free consult and we will help you stay motivated!
By Dylan Hawley, Team InsideOut Health + Wellness
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