Accidents happen when you least expect it. Perhaps it’s in their nature to surprise you when you’re not prepared. Whether you have to call off your day out after a nasty fall or you’ve injured yourself at the gym at the end of a hard workout, accidents can affect you in many ways. More often than not, we only think of the physical matter, your temporary mobility issues. But we forget that the body is a complex machine where everything connects in a way or another. Your recovery process doesn’t begin with the body. It starts in your mind. Not that you can unlock a secret meditative power that heals your injury – we wish we could, though! But a stressed-out mind can slow down your recovery.
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Get in touch with your fears
Fear is a silent monster that creeps at the back of your mind and eats your optimism away. You are most afraid when you’re dealing with things you can’t control. After an injury, it’s not uncommon to be scared of falling or causing yourself more harm. As a result, you are keen to manage risks by sticking to a known and safe environment. For many, staying at home feels like the safest option. However, it will isolate you in the long term. Additionally, if you are afraid of pain, you are likely to limit pressure on your healing body. But leading an inactive lifestyle could be detrimental to your health and immune system, which slows down the healing process. You can’t ignore your fears, but you can learn to manage them.
Train your mind to relearn your body
When your body is hurt, it feels broken. It can’t move anymore the way you want it to. It’s okay, though. It’s precisely what physiotherapy is about. Don’t fight your body to force movements. On the contrary, help your mind to relearn mobility in a safe way. The process will ensure that you don’t overcompensate on other body parts, which can lead to further injuries.
The more you stress, the more it shows, the less you heal
Recovery is stressful. There are a lot of simple things you took for granted in the past that appear impossible to do today. Imagine trying to get dressed with an injured shoulder, for instance! However, the more you stress, the more your body reacts to stress. Breakouts and dull skin are the first visible signs of stress, but it can also affect your immune system. Learning how to look after your skin in a challenging time can have a positive effect. As you get to see your breakout clearing out, your mind realises that stress doesn’t have to control you. You control it.
If you believe it’s possible, you can make it
How quickly can you heal if you repeat yourself that you are not strong enough? The answer is: Not quickly at all! You are as strong as you tell yourself to be. The first step in recovering is to believe that you can.
Your mind will not heal your body. But it can help the body to heal better, safer and quicker. So is your mind ready to handle an unexpected accident?