3 Ways You Can Contribute To Your Recovery
Unless we’re very lucky, injury or illness comes to us all at one time or another. In some cases it can be quite a serious illness or injury, in other cases it will be relatively mild, but the one thing all of them have in common is that for a time, they stop you from doing what you want to do. This can make us impatient for the day when we’re no longer restricted and can lead to us rushing things – making it worse in the medium and long terms.
When you’re injured or sick, it’s not about recovering fast – it’s about doing it right. Of course you want to get to the point where you can return to your normal routine, it feels like time is being wasted. But at the end of the day, there’s one deadline that is more important than any, and that’s the day you’re truly and fully recovered – and you can guarantee that by trying to rush things, you will be losing time, pushing that deadline long into the future.
Having honest conversations with your doctors is vital
Your doctor has one priority in mind when they evaluate your condition – getting you better. You can talk about the marathon you’re planning to run, or the holiday you need to be ready for, but none of these are strictly relevant to the goal in hand. You will have some input into their decisions, because a certain amount of their information is going to come from your self-reporting of symptoms. If you feel basically well, say so – but don’t leave out information that you suspect would give them cause for concern. If you have a persistent pain, it’s going to need attention before it goes away, so always tell the truth.
Always ask if there is anything more that can be done
Slow-rolling a recovery has its own negative sides, even if they usually aren’t as bad as rushing it. Part of recovery from an injury involves exercising the injured bit, and this can sometimes come much sooner than you imagined. Only by exercising will it “know” how to recover. A lot of innovation has gone into facilitating rehab, from the AlterG Treadmill used in physical therapy to hybrid drug treatments that can speed recovery from illness. When you are aware of the full spectrum of recovery options open to you, you can make a better decision.
Keep a positive frame of mind
You can’t wish yourself better from any illness or injury, sadly. However, your attitude to your situation does have an impact. This isn’t some “mind over matter” inspirational talk – it has to do with how you approach your recovery. If you have a recovery plan, it will almost certainly include, among other things such as therapy, a diet plan and possibly some exercises to do. If you engage with these properly, your recovery will be quicker and more complete, so see them as a part of getting better, not a punishment to be borne. Thinking positively about the part you can play in your recovery means you will get to the better days sooner and in better condition.