“Acknowledge your emotions, ask yourself what you want to attain, and then use the power of focus to channel all your energy into getting back in shape.”
What hits you worse when you take a fall? Is it the immediate pain spreading through your legs or the growing horror that you may not be able to function for some time?
Pain comes in more than one form to someone who has been injured. There’s the discernible physical pain, but there’s also an accompanying emotional pain which may not manifest as much. Addressing both early on in the healing process is crucial in facilitating a more rapid and thorough recovery.
At the early stage of an injury, denial is the biggest hindrance to recovery. If you feel pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Take responsibility for your well-being and get help right away. It’s okay to sit at home or in the hospital for a few days if it saves you a lifetime of untreated and recurring pain.
You might miss out on some action and feel frustrated, anxious, miserable, or even have a deep sense of loss especially if your work or passion is tied to your fitness. Acknowledge your emotions, ask yourself what you want to attain, and then use the power of focus to channel all your energy into getting back to shape.
Rest, recovery and rehabilitation are your priorities at this point. Heed the advice of your doctor or therapist and do only as much as your body can. If physical activity is not yet possible, focus on positive imagery such as visualizing your broken body parts healing. You can also engage in alternative activities such as art or word games to keep your mind busy. Create small and manageable goals for yourself, and continue the good habits you have developed even after your body has mended.