by A. Grano on September 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Dealing with any physical setback can be a struggle, especially for “type-A personalities” who tend to be very conscientious, from work to family commitments. However, it is important to recognize that the challenges and frustrations that often accompany recovery are normal and very common- so you don’t have to struggle alone!
Block out the “noise”
Regardless of the injury or limitation, many people instinctively try to brush off the problem– from debilitating migraines to sprains– as they are lead to believe by society that “pain is weakness” or that “it will go away on its own”. In addition, it’s important to realize that many people just cannot relate to your particular condition because they have not experienced it, which unfortunately can come off as hurtful, insensitive behavior or comments.
As difficult as it is, ignoring these negative influences is critical, as they only impede healing and can contribute to the stress, anger, and depression you may already be feeling. Instead, surround yourself with uplifting, positive people and messages, and reach out to those who can use a friend themselves.
Get the facts
Often, fear of the unknown is one of the biggest challenges – when will I feel better? Gain a better understanding of the recovery period by consulting your physician about your progress, and to avoid relapsing from too much activity too soon.
In addition, keep in mind that every individual is different, with different rates of healing. For example, older people and people suffering from chronic diseases take longer to recover from illnesses because their bodies need more time to heal. Be patient, and listen to your body as your guide!
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