How to Deal With & Work Through Physical Injuries
Sometimes injuries happen, and sometimes, they happen more often than not or more seriously than not. It can seem like the healing process can trudge on forever and that no progress is being made. It can be disheartening, especially if it's not the first one in a short period of time, not to mention, the after effects and compensatory issues and downward spiral that can comes along with it. Below, I share with you my personal thoughts on working through physical setbacks and injuries, along with 7 strategies in coping with it inside and out.
Full transcript of today's episode:
Welcome to today's podcast. We're gonna tackle injuries and dealing with physical injuries, physical setbacks, and coping with them. Now, I don't know your personal story or what you're personally going through physically right now, but I hope that sharing a little bit of my story and what I've learned through going through multiple injuries and physical setbacks. I hope that I can just shed some light on how you may be able to get through it in a more positive manner. I mean, honestly, I don't know where to begin with my personal story and I didn't realize until I wrote some notes for this podcast, how emotional it really was for me because I've gone through quite a growth journey of my own. Not only just physically, but mentally and psychologically as well. Now, for the past three and a half years, I've experienced more injuries than I ever have over the course of my entire life, from concussions to sprains to fractures to costochondritis, to overcompensation issues that lead to more injury and more problems to being misdiagnosed in several of my injuries and given the wrong rehabilitation to fix my injuries and to heal, to joints, getting lodged between other joints and now that's just to name a few of what I've gone through in the last three and a half years when it seems like every single time you're injured and every single time you're healing and you're doing good, and then another one hits you.
It can be very, very disheartening, especially when that time period between the one healing to another one occurring is literally a day or during the healing of the previous injury. Now for me, that's how my story has been for the last three and a half years. I don't know what it is for you, but I know that we can all relate to physical limitations and physical injuries because accidents happen and things happen and that's just life. So I hope that in this podcast I can just shed some light again on just the strategies that I've learned and I've used to get through my injuries, the rehabilitation and the healing. Not only physically but mentally, which honestly the mental part, the psychological part is such a big factor in healing and mindset may be what is keeping you from getting better now this podcast is going to be a little bit longer and more chatty because I have a lot to say and I'm very passionate about this topic and I feel like if there's someone that you know that's going through something that's restricting them from their physical activity or they're going through a physical injury or you are, I highly recommend sharing it with them because I think that the way that we can help each other is just having these conversations and sharing our stories and what we've learned from them.
So like I said, the array of injuries that have gone through have taken a toll and did take a toll on me psychologically and it was really tough. I mean, I'm not going to sugarcoat it. Getting hurt sucks, feeling physical pain sucks, and having things restrict you from your daily life and your workouts really is tough, especially if you're a very active person. It seemed like that. I basically lived at Physio or Chiro or X-Ray clinics or doctors' offices for the last three and a half years and for example, certain things aren't very well received. PCS, post-concussive syndrome. I had my first concussion in grade 12 and then I had a couple random ones from that time to now. My worst one I had was around two and a half years ago and since I've studied neuroscience, cognition and the brain a lot in university, I was very well aware of concussions, but I didn't realize how many people were so uneducated on concussions and didn't take them seriously.
I'm sure if you've had a concussion, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Of course they differ in terms of seriousness, but I went through so much brain fog, mood regulation issues. I was so on edge. There was so much lack of focus, drive motivation, and I suffered from insomnia. The list goes on and I know now concussions are being more and more researched and the movie concussion with Will Smith, if you haven't seen it, does a great job at telling the story of what can happen with an insane amount of repeated hits to the head. Like a lot of athletes go through and specific sports and now it's said with new research that everyone would have actually experienced one, two, three concussions by the end of their life and may have not even known it, so it hits on the head, any side of it, coop, counter coops, whatever it is.
There's so many types, but they're followed by certain symptoms and a lot of the time we brush them off, but you may very well have experienced a concussion. Now, as I said, not all concussions are made equally. Some are of course more serious than others. Just as any injury in the body. You can have a breaker sprain that's you know, grade one or not that bad or extremely bad, extremely bad tear. That's obviously gonna determine the time of healing it takes and luckily for us the body is very forgiving and it's healing processes and if your patient, especially the brain itself is incredible and it's neuroplastic ways and the ability to regenerate complete loss of nerve function in extreme cases is there and when it seems like multiple injuries are happening at the same time and you're coping with one to two to three things at the same time and rehabilitating things, many of them at the same time.
It can be really difficult to stay positive. Now when an injury happened after an injury for me for the last three and a half years, it always seemed like I was rehabilitating myself going to Physio, getting IMS treatments, massage therapy, Cairo hospital visits, x-rays, and when this is happening, it's very easy to fall into a dark place and I fell there and I actually started to define myself as my injuries. I mean, mindset is so much of the healing process and the psychology too, and if we keep telling ourselves that we're doomed to get injured again because that's what's been happening, then things won't get better and you're right, they won't get better because the truth is if you keep telling yourself well, after this one heals, I'm just going to get hurt again. You probably will, and the truth is to that everyone has dealt with or is dealing with a physical setback.
Everybody has gone through pain, chronic pain, acute pain accidents happen. You are not special. I mean you're not the first person or anywhere near the first and I'm not special. I don't mean that in a rude or mean way. I mean that with the utmost love and respect for all of us, but we're not special in what we've gone through and by now in all the years and in all the people in history, you better bet that there's been other people who've gone through the exact same injury as you. We ourselves are special and unique and we have a special gift to offer to the world. The way you think, the way you explain things, how you connect with others, everything like that makes you special, but our injuries or setbacks physically or even our experiences in life, they're not isolated to just us and that's a very beautiful thing because it's a very isolated way of thinking that things only happen to you if we think that everything is happening to just us.
Imagine how sad we're going to feel and how empty and alone we're gonna feel, but know that you are never alone in what you're going through. Connect with others who've gone through the same thing and pick at their brains of how they got through it, the process, et cetera. I mean, we're all part of a grander connection and we often get stuck. Often a place that the universe is against us or things are happening to us and we get into this mindset of that were victims, but the universe is always working for you. Even when you don't see it. I like to think that every time I get in physical injury or physical setback, it's the universe's way of whispering to me, hey, you need to slow down. You need to take a beat, take a rest and chill. We don't ever see the lessons and what happens until afterwards.
Know too, that, I'm not sharing what I've gone through and giving glimpses of that to make you feel bad for me or to make you feel like I'm a wounded bird or a victim because I am not about that mindset. I'm placing this here to share with you everything I've learned in this process, in hopes that it'll help you or people you know too. I'm probably going to be chatting a lot in this podcast, but I do have seven actionable things and a blueprint and a strategy that really helped me get through my injuries that I'm going to be sharing later on, so definitely stay tuned for that. Now, coming from an extremely active background, my whole life would dance, taekwondo, kickboxing, workouts, being a health and fitness coach, etc. Knowing how it felt to be fit and healthy and how strong my body used to be and and that being taken away for years where I haven't been able to consistently work out literally for three and a half years.
There hasn't been one day in the last three and a half years where I didn't have some sort of physical injury or ailment going on and that can really, really suck and it can really did motivate us. But the thing is this is no sap story because this is something we can all relate to and it's part of all our stories and all our narratives now after several of the injuries happened to me for example, and when they were happening at the same time or they just started to happen. One after the other. People started calling me accident prone or sarcastically. You know, careful when you walk down the stairs, Pooja. And I mean it was all in jokes and that's funny too. But I even started to believe that every time I healed one injury, another one would occur. And I started to believe that I was accident prone.
And then things were happening to me and that the universe was against me and testing me, but you know what, if you are feeling tested, know that the universe will never give you something you can't handle. And often things repeat in our lives because we haven't internalized the lesson within it. And once I started to reframe my brain and think, hey, no, I'm not accident prone, I just do more stuff than most people. I'm adventurous. I take risks. I go on a lot of nature walks and a lot of nature hikes. I do a lot of traveling, I do a lot of outdoorsy stuff and you know, once I started to reframe that in my mind, it all changed for me. And if you have people in your life calling you accident prone or that you're a ditz or klutzy or whatever, just take it with a grain of salt and know that they're probably just trying to lighten up your spirits by joking and using humour.
Of course, there's a fine line between using humour and actually just hurting someone's feelings. I mean, it's very cowardly to attack someone who's going through physical injury. And usually along with that sometimes comes, you know, weight gain and just changes and shifts in your motivation and your self worth sometimes that we attached to it, not to mention your self confidence in being able to move properly and the toll it takes on your ego to begin again and again and again, because sometimes it feels like we're taking three steps forward and then being pushed 10 steps back. Now when I changed my entire mindset, heart-set, my body changed when I went from thinking I was accident prone or this is happening to me, or well, once this one goes away, another one's going to happen anyway, or I'm doomed. That kind of victim mentality that we sometimes get sucked into when we're in dark places.
Once I released that and I started to reframe it in my brain and think, I just do more stuff, and that's part of life and the more you do things, the higher the probability is that you're going to get hurt. But what better way to live then to have those experiences and to go through those things and to experience things that you may not have if you just stayed in your room all day. It was like my body said to me when I reframed that, thank you for releasing all the guilt and pain and psychological baggage that comes along with injury. It happens. It's life. If life were all ups, we could never appreciate what our body's truly do for us and we are good. Our bodies are incredible. They're amazing, amazing machines, and anytime you feel down, just know that every cell on your body, the only thing they care about is you and helping you function optimally.
It's about appreciation, gratitude and expanding our horizons in pain and injury and do not give into the struggle. You have to honour it and thank it and be grateful for it because only in the darkness can we see the light. And I have to tell you what I've learned about myself and about so much is 100 percent thanks to the setbacks physically that I've gone through in my life and I used to be a health and fitness coach and coach people in their fitness and health journey and goals and I used to be that kind of no excuses type coach. You know, I'd be hard on people I wouldn't understand when people were struggling to get their workouts in and meal prepping, eating cleaner or weight loss. I was very confused. I'd be like, well, just do it. Like work out. I don't understand the motivation aspect because I have been my whole life for the most part.
I'm a very self motivated person, but I didn't realize the toll that things in your life physically and feeling physical pain could take on you and the restrictions that we can feel sometimes. And it really does take a toll on you. So you just never know what people are going through. And patience is key because I'm so happy now that I went through those physical injuries and setbacks because it made me way more compassionate and empathetic to others and to my body. We all take our bodies for granted, but this podcast is hopefully just a reminder to thank your body before you take notice on something not functioning the way it was or is and yes, it's hard. It sucks, but embrace the suck and know that what's going on is there to teach you a lesson. You will either learn a lesson or you will grow, and with that lesson and with that growth will enable you to be prepared for next time when it does happen and it'll enable you to help you through something to slow you down, to show you, to just learn so much about yourself that you didn't know.
When these things happen, just know that it's usually to help you through something. To show you that all these years in the big picture, you've been doing it even without noticing all the things your body's been doing for you and you took for granted. You didn't even notice right when things were going good, but now take a step back and look at your life for a second. I'm 26 years old at the time of recording this. I look at the last three and a half years of my life and see so many physical setbacks that have objectives and really happened, but I realized 23 out of the 26 years of my life were pretty Dang philologists. Give or take a few minor injuries through those years and yeah, I'm kind of known as the person that when I go traveling and when I do things, something happens to me.
I'm kind of notorious for that, but for the most part it never slowed me down and it never stopped me in my tracks from adventuring and from experiencing life the way I wanted to. Nothing really happened to me abnormal from what an ordinary kid would go through growing up and I was extremely active. So you're gonna have falls and breaks and sprains and things are gonna happen. And I used to define myself as my injuries during that dark period of the last three and a half years, and then I realized in the big span of things that it's just what recently happened to me and what recently happened to you is not your entire life. We tend to focus so much on the recent turn of events, but we don't look at the big picture. If people are teasing you right now for going through what you're going through or if you feel like you've let yourself down and you feel in a really bad place, try to understand that it's not personal and that when people are teasing you, it tells you more about them than you.
But when you're really sad about it, just try to see that whatever happened is not there to victimize you. It's there to teach you a lesson and if you see it for what it is over the course of your entire life, you can see that this is what's happening right now, but this too shall pass. And look at all the years and all the times your body did function. Look at all the times, for example, you went for a hike or you did something and you kind of fell, you fell back and you've caught yourself and you could have died. Think about those times where your body's reaction was on point. I mean 99 point nine, nine, nine percent of the time things don't happen to us, but that point zero, zero, zero one percent of the time when they do, that's what blows up in our head.
Isn't it silly from a probability standpoint and from a statistical standpoint, it's quite silly, but of course we're hardwired as humans. Thanks to evolution for focusing on the negative over the positive. So we really have to put effort into seeing things more objectively. I mean, once I started seeing things as maybe the universe just threw me out all these injuries at one so that for the rest of my life I'll be good and maybe for other people it's spaced out more and it only really got to me because it was spaced in such a short period of time for all of them happening. And usually when you're weak, you know other things happen or competence, Satori issues happen from that weakness. It's kind of a vicious cycle. It's like the weaker you are, the more prone to injury you are and the more you get injured, the weaker you are.
So it kind of happens in a cycle, but it's a very slow cycle and it requires so much patience, especially if an injury is lasting more than six to eight weeks. And from that it's creating another injury and misdiagnoses of doctors. And you know people who aren't checking your body, right and then tell you something and then so you do something else for Rehab. When you realize you should've done something else. I mean these things happen, but if you keep your spirits high, even when you feel like you want to, it'll help your body heal and allow yourself to feel what you're going through. But don't get stuck there. What I found really helped me is surrounding myself with supportive and positive people who just brought me up back to my spirits and gave me a reality check to say, it's not that bad and you're blowing this out of proportion and allow yourself the grace period of healing in times like this.
There were times in my life in these past few years where I thought I'd never be able to do my favourite workouts again. Never be able to walk properly again. I'd always just hobble. Couldn't even go up on my toes, and to compare that to what I used to be able to do is insane. I didn't think I'd ever be able to rotate my body or my torso again without feeling excruciating pain in my chest, cartilage because I tore it and when I got costochondritis, it was one of the hardest things to go through because it hurt to literally breathed through my lungs. But I can tell you things take time, but you will be able to do those things again. If you just give your body the grace period. You take the proper course of action for Rehab and you do the proper healing. I really highly recommend that if you're injured, you get at least one to three opinions on that injury.
I don't use medication really that much at all. I like to stay as natural as possible and I can tell you that my injuries never held me back from traveling the world. I've literally been wheeled into airplanes and in boots and crutches while I was traveling and that didn't stop me from living the quality of life I wanted to live. Don't allow your injuries to ruin your life and to just become you. Sometimes. It's really hard when you're dealing with physical pain. I mean from a neurological standpoint of physical standpoint. Physical pain is one of the hardest things to cope with mentally and obviously physically and sometimes it can seem like they identify us and they are us, but these little lessons and these whispers from above. When these injuries happen, try to see them and see them as motivation to treat your body with more kindness, more attention and more compassion.
Next time, see them as a learning curve and if you're not going through an injury or physical setback right now, be thankful for what your body is going through and take this time to be more conscious and more aware every single time you are in risky situations and usually, I mean when accidents happen, it's one more comfortable and we put our guard down because, hey, I've done this trail so many times or I've done this workout a million times and that's when the injuries happen because we're overly comfortable and again, there's no right or wrong or really ability to prevent all injuries 100 percent of the time they're going to happen, but if you aren't injured right now, just know how blessed you are to be able to move your body and function in the way that it can and I hope you use that blessing to treat your body right, to do workouts, to eat clean, and to move your body.
Because just know that people who do have physical setbacks would give anything to be in that position right now, so do not take it for granted. Now I know that was a very long introduction, but now I'm going to be going through the seven steps that I think will really help you get through your physical setback and your injury. I just wanted to give you a little bit of a rundown and a little bit of background story on me and now I hope that I can help you out with these seven steps and I hope that hearing just a little bit of my story, the fact that I was a health and fitness coach and super active and then boom, not being able to work out consistently for three and a half years and every time I did work out it felt like three steps forward, 10 steps back.
It felt like, you know, right when I was getting to the point where I was like, Ooh, I'm not sore again, and I feel good about my workouts. Another injury hit me. So sorry if I sound like a broken tape recorder in. This podcast is just a one take podcast. I just have a couple notes here, so if I repeat things my bad, but it's all just to help you and be vulnerable so that you can maybe relate to some of it.
the 7 steps in working through physical injuries or setbacks
1. the fragile distinction only you can make
In going through a physical injury and getting through it is making a distinction between the decision of do I need to lay back or take a step back and rest or do I need to put a little bit more stress and movement on that injury and become a little bit more mobile. Now I'm not a doctor. I'm not a Physio therapist.
This is just from my personal experience. This advice is just advice. I realized that a lot of getting through physical injury is finding that balance, that fragile balance between listening to your body of when you know there is a little bit of pain, but you need to put a little bit more stress and exertion on that injury versus you need to rest it completely and now you know you best. No one is in your body. No doctor, no professional, no Physio therapist. You are. End of story. Bottom line, listen to your body and try to be aware enough to know that difference, that pivotal difference between, is it just your mind getting in the way of you getting better or is it your body telling you [inaudible] it is not time yet to get moving, so making that distinction between do I put more force on it to get the blood pumping and to get moving or do I rest it now?
Only you're going to know that, but I would test it. I would definitely test this. Now. I don't know your situation. If you have a break or something, obviously don't do that, but when you're starting to heal, that's when that fragile decision comes about. When you need to make the call of do I put more on the injury or do I take back, do I take it back or do I move it forward? Because at the end of the day, the goal is to get it back to what it was, right? Or to at least modify things so you can live the quality of life that you were living and get back to the things that you were doing or have you know other things. Supplementing that at least that you can do.
2. allow yourself to feel what you feel
Number two, after finding that balance and that distinction. Number two is allowing yourself the time to feel what you feel.
Holding in your emotions and holding it in and not expressing yourself is just going to make it worse and put more tension and stress on your body. Now, it freaking sucks. Coping with physical pain and it can be some of the hardest things to ever cope with, especially since physical exertion. Working out, being able to move properly, be mobile is a main factor in all our stress release in our happiness, in our ability to live a good quality of life and when that's taken away from us, especially if you're the type of person that you use your workouts as your way to stay sane and that's taken away from you. It can be like, Bam, how am I going to deal with stress? How am I going to deal with anger and things that piss me off, and all of us really, as human beings, we, if you look at, you know years ago, you look at evolution, we're very highly physical beings.
We need to exert ourselves physically and we need to take that steam out. So when that's taken away and you know you're in a position where you just can't work out and maybe cardio gives you that, but you can't do cardio right now. Try to supplement that with what you can do. Now. That's number three and I'm getting ahead of myself, but this one is all about allowing yourself to feel what you want to feel. So getting back to number two now. Sorry about that. So allowing yourself to feel what you are feeling, the emotions you're feeling, so expressing it to the people around you and talking about it. Sometimes our first reaction is to go inward and isolate ourselves from the world, but expressing yourself and allowing yourself to cry it or complain, talk it out, whatever that has to be for you. It will really help deflate that kind of guilt.
In your body and when that's released, that psychological pain about the injury, you feel so much better and isn't it true that things happened right when there's so much going on for us when we have so many plans the next week that requires us to use our bodies. I mean, when do we not need our bodies and all injuries suck. It's not like a back injury is worse than an arm injury. They all suck because everything in our body is useful and working seamlessly together. I can attest that being wheeled literally on wheelchairs onto flights and trips, we had planned months in advance to where I needed to be walking multiple hours a day. It was a real setback, but when I allowed myself to feel what I was feeling and I allowed myself to express how much it sucked, but I didn't get stuck there key, I did not get stuck there.
That's where the growth happened. So allow yourself to feel the negative emotions first, but don't get stuck there.
3. Problem solve what you can do and see how far you've come
So number three, which I kind of prefaced a little bit, problem solve at what you can still do in the meantime while you're healing. Now, it can always be worse, so focus on what you can do, not what is restricted and see how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. It can be very easy for us to focus just on the pain or the sensations that we weren't feeling before or the restriction in mobility and the issues that's giving us, but know that you're still alive and you're still breathing. As long as you're still alive. Things could always be worse. I mean that fall, that accident, that injury when you were playing that sport or whatever happened to you, it could have been a lot worse.
Sometimes downward comparing helps and knowing that you've come so far, looking back at when you hobbled into that physiotherapy clinic or looking back to when you first had that injury happen. Compare yourself now in the healing process with that. I'm sure you've made progress and we tend to look at how far we have to go because we tend to compare ourselves to when we were, you know, ideal and optimally functioning, but know that you'll get there. You will get there. It will just take time, but focusing on how restricted you are is not gonna, help you out.
4. be enormously grateful for your body and the specific part that's hurt
Number four, be grateful for that exact body part that is restricted and in pain and it's going through the injury. Now, tune into how many years and how much time it was working perfectly and optimally for you, and then be grateful for the fact that you can heal and that your body is amazing.
We don't really notice how much a particular part of the body does for us until it's taken away, right? So be grateful that your body is working so hard day and night to get that up and functioning for you again and be grateful that you are going through what you're going through because it's there for a reason. It's been placed there to help you grow, to help you expand your horizons, to learn a lesson, especially if it keeps repeating itself. It's to teach you a lesson in that when you go through hard times, it's meant to make you a better person. So just be grateful that this is being placed here at this time in your life. And I know it sucks, but it's being placed here so that later in your life you can look back and be super grateful that now you're more in, you're more aware and you're more careful and more loving towards your body.
5. reframe the way you think about your injury or physical setback
Number five, reframe it in your brain and in your mind. You're not accident prone. You're not a Klutz. You're not a debts. You're not someone who's meant to continuing to get injuries are not someone who's just gonna constantly have these things happen to you. You just do more. And if you're doing more than most people and you're adventuring and you're getting out more and you're taking more risks, you're active. I mean you're bound to get hurt and even if you're not doing all that, and it seems like, wow, I literally just pulled my back or did something to my wrist while I was sleeping at night. I mean sometimes it's just life. Okay? It's just probability. And don't make it personal to you. Don't attack yourself on that. Know that everybody goes through it and you're not alone, and it's just a matter of probability.
It's going to happen. Now it's going to happen later. Something's going to happen and don't beat yourself up about thinking about, Oh man, I could have done something differently, or if this didn't happen, then that wouldn't have happened. The turn of events happened. The domino effect happened. That vicious cycle happens sometimes and it's okay. It's part of being human and it's part of growth. So if you have something in your mind, something that's coming up where it's saying, I'm accident prone, you know, this is me now. This is just what I'm going to have to live with. Reframe it in your mind as it's bound to happen. When I'm living my fullest life and it's bound to happen to teach me new things. It's bound to happen to make me more compassionate and empathetic with other people when they go through similar aspects of life and similar setbacks.
I like to think of it as there's going to be one day when I meet someone who's going through similar instance and I can chat with them about it or one day I can be on stage and I can be sharing my story about PCS, post-concussive syndrome or some things that I went through when I go through really bad experiences. I just know that one day I'm going to be sharing that with someone who's going through the same thing and it's going to be that one thing that they needed to hear that they too were going through. I mean, have you ever been to a seminar or done an online program or read a book where it just brings tears to your eyes because you can so relate. Just know that when you're going through a bad experience that it's meant to be there so that in the future you can help someone else go through that bad experience with a little bit more perspective and light and a little bit more positivity that you wish you had when you were going through it.
6. be patient and seek the correct professional help
Number six, be patient with the healing process and do what you can in order to seek the correct professional help. Now, Physio therapy, massage therapy, IMS scans. There's so many holistic ways of healing now. Do not rely solely on your medical doctor for diagnosis, especially muscular joint bone related injuries because medical doctors are of course a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medicine, prescriptions, symptoms, illness, and ailments within the body, but they aren't super duper qualified when it comes to sprains. Breaks, joined problems, pulls inflammation, overall injuries and physical limitations. I cannot tell you how many times I've been misdiagnosed by a medical doctor and because of that in length in my healing and my time in recovery for injuries over six months to a year when it could have been six to eight weeks, misdiagnosis can lead to doing the wrong things, so do not trust your medical doctor blindly.
When they tell you it's a stress fracture or a break or a sprain or to put a boot on it or to walk on it or to move on it or what have you. Go seek a professional's help who is specialized in exactly what you're dealing with. For example, physiotherapists, that's all they pretty much study is how the body moves and they study how to heal injuries, so the body and how it moves, rehabilitation. Those things are very important and it's very important to see someone who's a professional in that exact specific topic. Now, nothing against medical doctors at all. I'm not trolling them at all, but you wouldn't go to a dentist. I mean to help your arm out, right? Because they just don't have the knowledge in your arm function as they do with your tooth or with your mouth or how things are happening with your jaw and mouth and teeth, so nothing against doctors here, but just make sure you get the correct professional help and I suggest getting one, two or even three opinions.
I also suggest talking to people who have gone through what you think you're going through and using online resources as much as you can too!
7. don't play the blame game and stop re-living how the injury or physical setback happened
Number seven, don't get stuck in blaming yourself or blaming someone else or blaming the universe or what happened to you. Don't get stuck in reliving how the injury happened and don't rush back into your workouts or daily life. If you aren't ready yet, I know it can be really hard when you're being impatient and you want to get back into it because I mean that's where you want to go. Of course I understand that, but listen to your body and don't get stuck in the blame game because if you keep blaming yourself of why it happened or you should've been more careful or why did this happen, or why did these turn of events happen? You keep reliving that injury over and over and over again.
You are not allowing your body to release that mental stress. You are taking the resources away from the healing, so use the downtime that you've been given to read books, to catch up on other things and don't handicap yourself. Do what you can. There's always things you can be doing, so don't get stuck in reliving the injury and don't get stuck in blaming yourself. Release that now please. It will do wonders for you. Just know above all that you got this and if you're going through physical setback right now, man, it is so tough. The compensation issues, the cycle that goes on sometimes with weakness and injury and then we'll when you're injured, how can you get stronger and all that and that slow, but sure process of gaining more strength. Just know that you are not alone and you will get through it. Look back to the times where you were functioning properly and know that one day you're going to look back at this time and just be in absolute awe of the fact that at that time in your life you never thought you could get back to where you're at today.
One day you're going to look back and think that, holy cow, I never thought I would be doing what I'm doing today. Progress will happen, so understand that nothing lasts forever and that's both the good and bad news. We all go through things, but it's how we perceive it and how we deal with the things that really matters. Just two years ago, I never thought I'd be able to twist and turn. Do Yoga, run, squat even, and I couldn't even put any pressure on so many parts of my body. I was basically bedridden for months and this past year I was able to and yes, at the time I'm recording this, I'm recovering from a sprained wrist where my joints were literally lodged between other ligaments and there's zero mobility there, but it's making progress and just literally three days ago I went on my weekly long hike and fell pretty hard on my ankle and my right foot just after a full year of it being sprained.
A year ago after all the hard work and Rehab, it rolled again and before that I had my entire left leg. That took a year and a half to heal from injuries on that one. It's easy to get stuck in a Rut. It's easy to think I'm accident prone and it's easy to think that this is going to define me, but you know what? I'll get through it and it's okay. I had to record this because I know there are so many people out there that can relate and everyone can relate to a physical setback because we've all had them, but I also needed to record this for myself because sometimes when you hear podcasters or youtube creators know that their content and what they focus on sometimes is a lot of the time what they're personally struggling with or need accountability with. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me this platform to be able to voice out the things that I want to help you with, but also things that I'm going through with and we're all on a journey.
So thank you for keeping me accountable to the things that matter most and thank you for allowing me to vent about my struggles and to share my little bits of my story in my life in hopes that it'll inspire you and in hopes that you can resonate with it. I think that through vulnerability and sharing our experiences and how we got through them, that's how we truly connect on a human level and all our narratives stripped down to it are the same. You look through history, you read through ancient texts and you see on a daily basis right in front of you. What connects us is that our story has always been a struggle and then growth and and struggle and then progress and then tragedy and then growth, so just know that you're not alone and I hope that through making that distinction between listening to your body of do I put more pressure or do I pull back?
Do I become more mobile? Or do I need to take a little bit time off and give my body more patients? Making that distinction, that hard distinction, that fragile distinction between more or less allowing yourself to feel what you feel problem solving, what you can do in the meantime and focusing on what you're able to control. Being grateful for the body that you have and being grateful for all the years that it had your back. The 99 point nine, nine, nine percent of the time it caught you, it caught your fall and when you coulda died, it was there for you. Reframing it in your mind that you're not accident prone, you're just more adventurous. Being patient with the healing process and seeking the correct professional help and not getting stuck in blaming yourself or reliving the injury. I think if you can do those seven things and trinkle in all the little things that I said in his podcast, with all the things that you know that's best for your body and your health, I think that you'll be getting better in no time.
I hope that this podcast helps you out in dealing with physical injury and physical setbacks. I know it was a chatty one, but it's an important one and I thank you again for allowing me the space to be able to share a little bit of what I've gone through and in hopes that it really does motivate you and inspire you. That a lot of physical injury is mindset. Of course, there's that real physical element. I'm not taking that away from it, but you just got to focus on what you can control and if you can't control what's happening to you physically, you can control how you perceive it, your mindset, and your psychology, so understand that the things we can't control, we need to let go of and once we let go of them, the seemingly start to all fall together in place, please let go of what you can't control and control the things you can control, which is you're healing, your mindset and the things that you can do to get better and to get through this rough time. Thanks again for listening and tuning into this podcast and I will chat with you real soon!
Sending you BIG love today & always!
My whole heart, ♡
The Happiness Approach Podcast
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In this podcast episode, I share with you a few of my personal stories in physical injury and how you can work through them yourself both in mind & body. Listen in now but grab a snack (or a meal), it's a long, chatty but crucial one!
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Today's QT's: Quote-ables & Takeaways from today's podcast episode & blog ↴
“You may not be able to control what's happening physically, but you can control what's happening mentally.”
“Injuries are the Universe's way of serving us up a lesson, growth, awareness or a whisper that's saying to take a beat and slow down.”
“Focus on how far you've come, not how far you have to go.”
“In the future, you'll understand what you're going through right now is a gift in disguise in making you a better and more compassionate person.”
“The Universe is never working against you, but for you. You may just not understand it yet.”
“Grow through what you go through.”