Getting injured is one of the most frustrating things that could ever happen especially if you are an athlete or someone who wants to stay physically fit. Unfortunately, mental healing in injury does not occur overnight nor can injuries be avoided but when the time comes people should be aware that recovery is not just limited to the physical aspect – it should also include the mental aspect as well. The reason why this is important is because mental health is fragile. It can waver at simplest discouragement, especially if the athlete is sensitive at being unable to participate. This may lead to serious issues such as depression, anxiety or even substance abuse.
When someone is injured they often come across a variety of emotions such as sadness, irritation, anger and frustration. Soon these may develop into isolation, lack of motivation, changes in their appetite or eating disorders, even difficulty in sleeping or staying awake. It is even alarming that these could then turn into depression and thus could affect their recovery in various levels. These may prove to be problematic when left without intervention and processing.
Here are some ways on how you could heal mentally while you recover from a physical injury.
1. Understand your condition
It is understandable that you may be angry at the world, especially if the doctor has specifically prescribed bed rest or no strenuous exercise for a certain amount of time. The reason behind this is because your body is experiencing a sudden drop in endorphins which is the feel-good chemical of your body, therefore, you are vulnerable against the negative thoughts and emotions you may experience from your recovery period. If left unchecked, this could lead into depression. The best way to deal with this is to talk to someone, may it be a family, friend, or, if you really need it, a professional.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Tell the Story but Do it Right and Positively
When you are injured it will be natural for people to ask on what happened, followed by reactions like pity and a sad face to go with it. However, instead of feeling extra sorry for yourself why not think about how you’re going to tell the story consistently to everyone however don’t just say it as it is. Never forget to attach a more positive note at the end as this will not only lighten up the mood, but the positive thinking will also do you wonders.
3. Find the Best Support You Can Get
Most of the time you will feel these unwanted negative emotions and the bad news is that you can’t hide them forever. Keeping your feelings in and not letting them out will hurt you in more ways than one. That is why it is important that you find someone you could trust to talk to as well as to provide you with insight and a second opinion.
4. Don’t Stress Yourself Out With Unrealistic Expectations
We understand that you want to get back to training as fast as you can but we’re not superheros who can heal instantly. Furthermore, creating idealistic plans, especially if you have not healed well enough will end in a more disastrous note and this is something that should be avoided. Take baby steps. Create goals that can be done during your recovery process. You’ll be surprised at what you can do even in that state.