When you’re dealing with injuries or pain it’s important to take care of your body, but you also want to stay motivated to continue to improve. Aches, pain, discomfort, and soreness, are not that fun. You surely don’t want to get caught comparing yourself to where you were before your injury or to everyone else around you. You are you, today, a person who is fully capable of greatness.
Do you find it hard to stay positive when you don’t feel 100%?
7 Keys To Staying Mentally Strong During Injuries
1. Remind yourself of all that IS feeling well. You may need to think of every little thing that you are currently capable of doing with your body. These might be very simple things but they are still very powerful. For example: Your left knee is sprained, you can focus on all the strength and abilities you have with your right leg, your upper body and your basic senses that are still functional.
2. Focus on what you CAN do. Assess what physical abilities you have on each specific day (which may be different than yesterday or tomorrow). We are not guaranteed anything, so it’s important to do your best with what you have at any given moment.
3. Prioritize being positive and focusing on what you can control. I can’t emphasize this enough. Spend time investing and improving your relationships, nutrition, sleep, recovery and mental game. These are the most important aspect of your health anyway, and you will reap the benefits of putting time and effort into these factors. You can look at your injury as a chance, or a blessing in disguise you to being able to spend more time on something or someone that you’ve been neglecting.
4. Set some new goals. It doesn’t matter how small they may seem. You may want to focus on increasing your range of motion, seeing improvements in movements that you weren’t focused on before, or improving in your physical therapy sessions. Write your specific goals down and share them with your support team.
5. Spend more time doing your other passions. You love cooking, so get back to creating more recipes. If you love hosting parties, then plan a few. If you’re really digging photography, then start a side business. Continue to do things that bring you positive feedback, self-confidence and that relieve your stress.
6. Practice and get better at something different. If you’re leg is out of commission, build your upper body by working on pull-ups, dips and heavy presses. Become a better swimmer if you can. If you’re unable to use your body at all, you might want to focus on learning a new language, or picking up another new skill.
7. Find a way to share what you are learning or experiencing by going through the injury. Before you know it, you’ll be helping someone else, and this will help you. You can do this with your social media, on a message board or just in your daily conversations with others. Open up about how you’re dealing with it, and reach out to others who could use some support and encouragement as well. This way you can also make relationships with others who have had similar injuries or setbacks.
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