In life, we do not always get what we are planning for. Whether it be fighting off an illness, injury or a derailed diet; through it all we must learn how to adjust. This is when you need to look at all that you do and revise your plan. Not start over, you have not lost it all, this is a small set back that will actually make you stronger.
During these times, we become an emotional mess. We start thinking about losing muscle, skill and progress. We are jealous of benchmarks, races and PR’s of our friends. I mean let’s be real, you get on FB seeing all these posts about what everyone is doing and you think I can’t do anything but sit here and get fat.
But here’s the thing, you need to start thinking about what you can do and not what you can’t. When you are ill or injured you need to think about your rest and rehabilitation as being your job, that is your new sport. You need to adjust your thoughts about performance measures to what is going to help you get back to where you what to be.
First, change your attitude, mental health is one of the biggest blockers of recovery. If you are constantly beating yourself down how can you possibly get better. Second, do what you can do. For example, got a knee injury do core, hurt shoulder, walk, bike, run. But above all, listen to your PT and rest. Your body needs to heal and it will take time. When you come back you will be stronger, promise. Third, decrease your stress. Stress will slow down your recovery because it will break down your immune system, mentally it wears you down, impacts sleep. Sleep help you heal, period.
I know injury is hard to deal with. But you will get better, and you will be able to get back to where you want to be. Be patient and positive.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.