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Bummed Out Belle: How To Deal With The Emotional Side of Injuries

Have you ever been sidelined by an injury? Whether you’re an athlete who has a commitment to a team, or you just love to exercise and have a commitment to yourself, injuries are awful. For one thing, they hurt! Sometimes you can’t even do simple movements without someone else’s help. It is stressful not only physically, but emotionally as well.

The emotional side of injuries is sometimes even harder to deal with then the physical stuff. You can do physical therapy to strengthen your injury and and heal faster, but sometimes the temptation to go ahead and work out is too high. Well, Belle, read through these tips to help you get through your injury!

Find an alternative way to exercise

If you aren’t completely sidelined by an injury and can still keep active, try a new form of exercise that you hadn’t considered before! Did you hurt your arm? Try biking! Maybe you injured your back or you have knee problems. Try out the pool! Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise out there because it is so low impact.

Focus on other things

Maybe you have a bad habit you want to break. Or maybe you want to incorporate other ways of healthy living into your life. Well, since you can’t be as active as you want, use this time to better yourself in other ways. Maybe you want to drink more water, get the proper amount of sleep, or make it a habit to cook healthier meals. Learn a new skill and practice!

Don’t think about things in the short term

If your doctor is telling you that you can’t do something, LISTEN! Just because you want to go for a run right now to satisfy you’re short-term yearnings doesn’t mean it’s OK. Think about the future and all of the harm you could be doing. If you have a back problem and your doctor says, “NO RUNNING!” and then you go running, you can really cause permanent damage. Keep it in perspective. Three weeks of no exercise is better then one or even two years of no exercise!

Use it as an opportunity to better yourself

Use this time to focus on weaknesses, if you can. Come up with a core routine to get your abs ripped or do some body weight exercises or something low impact. Try yoga to work on flexibility. The options are endless if you just keep an open mind!

Keep things in perspective

I know it’s hard to not have a “woe-is-me” attitude, but try to be grateful for the things you can do, rather than the things you can’t do. Be thankful for the health that you do have.

Use your free time!

The silver lining of an injury is the fact that you probably have an abundance of free time. Use it!

  • Hang out with friends
  • Go shopping
  • Go out to eat
  • Learn to bake
  • Read a book
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Travel.

There are so many things you can do and explore, so take advantage of it now!

Injuries really are terrible, but if you learn to reframe your situation and make it a more positive experience, then it won’t be all that bad. If you can take care of your emotional state, the physical part will heal itself in no time and you will be back in the gym, on the road, or with your team once again!


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