If you’ve been struggling to overcome an injury or condition this past year, it can be tough to have a positive outlook for 2017. But much of how we feel physically depends on how we’re handling things mentally and emotionally.
Make 2017 the year you feel better by adopting some of these healthy mental strategies.
Chronicle your journey in journal. While you may not be into the idea of “Dear Diary…,” the act of writing down what we’re going through has some big health benefits, especially if we’re going through a struggle or challenge like injury recovery. Use those blank pages to write about progresses and setbacks you’ve made. Jot down a quote that made you feel motivated or hopeful. Help keep perspective by writing down the things you’re grateful for during the recovery process. Complain, even. The journal doesn’t have to be a fancy, bound book — it can be a simple spiral notebook from the grocery store. The important part is getting all those thoughts, fears, and frustrations down on paper and out of your mind, where they’re causing stress, anxiety, and pain.
Find your tribe. Recovery from an injury can feel isolating, especially if it’s keeping your from people and activities you love. During rehabilitation and recovery, it’s important to have a group of people around to support and motivate you on those days when the going gets tough. Keep positive people around you to offer hugs and high-fives for every little success, and to listen when you need to vent or share. Having a feel-good tribe around you also serves to remind us that there’s more to life than the injury or condition we’re working to overcome. And keeping that kind of perspective is critical to getting better.
Foster resiliency. Resilience is the ability to adapt and bounce back from hardship, and it can be seriously tough to muster when it seems like you aren’t making any progress. But it’s a big part of getting better. When the tough gets going and you get frustrated, remember:
- Adaptability makes your strong. If one thing isn’t working, look for another way around — there usually is one.
- There’s a positive to be found in any challenging situation. Try to find one small thing to be grateful for each day during recovery. Not only will this shift your mindset, but studies show that gratitude helps boots serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, helping to ease pain and improve your mood.
- Don’t stay paralyzed in the struggle. It might be easier to look at each small step you’re taking rather than letting yourself become overwhelmed by a far-off, long-term goal. You’re moving forward even when you feel like you aren’t.
- Stick to the plan. Even when it’s hard. Even when you’re lacking motivation. Even when it seems like it’s not working. Trust your healthcare team, and believe in your own ability to get better. Because you can and you will.
No matter where you are in your recovery from a condition, illness, or injury, the team at Sovereign Rehabilitation is here for you. Our specialized therapists can work with you throughout all the stages of your treatment or rehabilitation program, and we can’t wait to help you make 2017 your best year yet.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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