Getting Your Groove Back After An Injury

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Happy Monday my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My Monday started with me hitting the snooze button more times than I can count. I guess it slipped my mind that today was the first day back to school for the boys. I jolted awake, looked at the clock, scrambled out of bed like a crazy lady. Somehow I managed to get Talan, my youngest son, up, dressed, and out the door to the bus stop by 7:18 with two minutes to spare! 

On another note, as a former athlete, I have had more injuries than I can count. I played competitive fastpitch and basketball. I even gave cheerleading a try but preferred to be on the court or on the field. I have sprained my ankles many times. I dealt with shin splints during the long basketball season. I even bruised the bone of my throwing hand after being hit by a 75-mile fastball to the wrist. I also threw my arm out which resulted in me straining my bicep. The ligament which held my bicep muscle to my bone was almost separated. And to add more salt to the wound, I was also dealing with tendentious in my elbow.

If you find your self dealing with an injury, I hope that these four tips below can help ease some of the anxiety that you may be feeling. I know the feeling all too well. Believe me, I have been there. There is nothing worse than being down in the dumps because you can't be on the court or on the field for a few weeks.
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An injury can be a lot more than painful. It can be incredibly disruptive, whether it’s because it has impacted your ability to be as independent as you were before or because it has an emotional or mental impact deeper than you could have expected. Your rate of recovery can influence how deeply you feel those effects long after the injury has passed, so here we’re going to look at how you can do your best to ensure you get back into your groove after an injury.

One step at a time
It’s important that you don’t have any expectations for your recovery that are too unrealistic. Working hand-in-hand with your primary care provider should help you get a better idea of not only how long you might be off your feet, but also take a closer look at the recovery in progress. If you want to try and speed recovery up, then the help of more involved healthcare services such as is a lot more effective than simply trying to do more before you’re ready. If you’re too eager, you can end up only exacerbating your injuries, which can cause you to have to take more time off and can even increase the risks of permanent consequences.

Take back control
The unintended consequences of any accident can quickly make it feel like you’re losing control of your life. From the potential of having to take off work to the sudden bills that can come your way and the frustration that can come with diminished independence, it can be hard to tough it all out. For your financial security, especially if you’re put out of work by an injury, it can be important to work with teams like to ensure that you’re taken care of financially. Otherwise, you should look at what you can achieve independently, right now, or any adaptations you might need to do the things that you were once able to. It can help you gain that feeling of self-reliability back, but most important is accepting if some things are currently beyond you, and instead focusing on how to get back to full strength.

Self-care is precious
Stress, anxiety, depression, there is a wide range of ways that an accident can become emotionally difficult. Trauma can make it hard to think of little else, while the extra difficulty in maintaining your daily life and the extra costs can make it much more stressful. Taking little steps to ensure you practice self-care can be important. This might include having a set schedule for the day, even if you’re currently out of work, to meditation and taking the time to get out of the house at least once a day.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re finding the recovery period tough. Whether you need help with transport or practical everyday things or simply someone to talk to, relying on your support system can help take a lot of the strain off of your shoulders.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

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