Sometimes things just happen and you get injured. It is never invited or fun; however, it can be a time to make some healthy changes. The key is to control what you can and make the best of it.
- Pause and Process: I am a believer that things happen for a reason. It is possible that an injury happens as an opportunity to slow us down. Life can be hectic. We often go from one task to another and multi-task all along. Take some time while injured to consider what healthy changes you might need to make.
- Eat Well: what you eat will affect how you feel and recover. If you want to give your body the food it desires to heal most effectively, then focus on whole foods, preferably organic—lots of fresh fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins. The challenge is to not give into the emotional desire to sooth your wounds with treats. Those treats are inflammatory and will deter your immune system from working in your favor. Try and resist the temptation to “medicate” your injury with processed, sugary, high fat foods.
- Manage Your Stress: an injury can be stressful, especially if it affects your daily life, speed in which you can perform your usual tasks, and/or the need for others to help. It can turn your world upside down, causing you greater pain! It is critical to manage your stress since the injury has occurred. Accept it and reset your expectations of what you can and cannot do.
If you continue to repeat to yourself all of the things you can’t do, or how much more time it takes you to complete basic tasks, you’ll make yourself sick from the stress.If the injury has either altered your usual exercise routine, or is preventing you from exercising altogether, find a stress reducing methodology that works for you. There are several choices including deep breathing, meditation and perhaps some yoga poses (depending on the injury). It can be extremely challenging to stop exercising if this is a habit for you so take on the challenge of not stressing about it, watch your diet and do the best you can.
- Drink Water: your body is made up of around 60% water. That means that it needs good, clean water to feed the cells and remove toxins. Drinking enough water is also important. While there are different points of view on how much, the formula I like to use is to drink half of your body weight in ounces daily. That means for a 150 pound person, they would drink 75oz/day. It is a great way to keep your body moving, even if all you can do is to get to the bathroom. It will help your body heal, along with eating whole foods.
- Physical Therapy: if your injury will be helped by PT, be sure to choose a high-quality facility. It may be worth your while to choose an out-of-network facility which spends more time with their patients. As with any provider, not all physical therapy organizations are created equal. It’s your body and your life. Own it!
Coach Shari SM is here to help you through your recovery with Nutrition Coaching, Stress Management Coaching and overall Health Coaching. No need to go through it alone.