While you may feel cut off from your old life and frustrated about your pain, coping with an injury is an important part of the healing process. Often times, the moment people feel even the slightest bit of renewed strength, they dive back into the activities they once enjoyed so much only to re-injure themselves. It’s important to take necessary steps to ease yourself back into your normal activities after your injury. Here are some tips to help get you back on track without pushing your body too much:
Take baby steps
Don’t jump straight back into your old routine. Take small, incremental steps instead, and set smaller goals for yourself that will help you achieve your long-term goals. Build up your strength slowly, and avoid stressing your body. Because you have had to take time off from exercising and even some normal daily activities, the rest of your body may have become weakened a little as well. It’s important to take small steps to avoid injury to other areas of your body as well.
Try something new
If you don’t have the strength to take on even light versions of your old activities, try a new, unrelated alternative. If you find yourself confined to crutches, use the opportunity to work on your arms, your core, and other parts of your body which won’t strain your ankle. This is also a great time to start a new hobby that doesn’t involve strenuous exercise. This will keep you occupied and more content while you wait to be active again.
Without physiotherapy, you are more likely to re-injure yourself. It’s important to focus on healing your injury correctly to prevent more injuries in the future. Professionals at Physiomobility Health Group can provide you with personalized care to get well and stay well. While there are many things you can do at home and on your own to get better, seeing a physiotherapist will ensure that your body is healing itself correctly.
Listen to your body
Sometimes, it feels like your body just won’t perform the way you want it to. This holds especially true when you’re injured. When your body says “stop,” it’s important to listen, especially when you’re injured. Don’t overtax yourself because your recovery will take even longer. You will know when you can start to incorporate more exercise into the daily routine by paying close attention to how you feel throughout each day and week.
Have some perspective
Being unable to do simple tasks can be very frustrating, but it’s important to remember that you are injured and need extra rest. Try not to think of yourself as someone who used to be strong, but instead someone who’s becoming stronger. Consider your long-terms goals instead of focusing on not be able to do the same workout routine as last week.
Approach your injury with a positive attitude and patience. Through careful re-training and dedicated therapy, you’ll be back to your old self in no time.