Ah, staying positive.
This idea is a whole lot easier said than done. You can put on a good face for others and talk about the subject lightly…but deep down there is usually a fear and uneasiness.
This is because of uncertainty. There is so much uncertainty surrounding an injury! What is this pain I’m feeling? Maybe it’s nothing…or am I getting injured? What is the injury exactly? If I skip my run today will it feel better tomorrow? How long till it goes away? Why won’t my injury heal?!? There are so many questions that no one knows the answer to. They swirl around your brain, feeding you the worst case scenario.
Staying positive can seem impossible.
So, how does one achieve positivity?
How does someone put the fear and anger and hopelessness aside?
Your perspective of a situation can completely transform it.
Now I’m not saying you have to look at the bright side of every circumstance and be happy all the time! That would be exhausting. But… having a realistic, optimistic view of your situation can make the world of a difference.
Look at the big picture.
Instead of viewing your injury as the worst thing in the world that could have ever happened. Take a deep breath and think about your life as a whole. Think about your running career as a whole. This injury is a very small portion of the pie. So, you recognize that things are going to change for a while. It’s not going to be easy, and in the short term you’ll probably be disappointed to be missing out on whatever you had planned…but…you will learn and grow from this experience. In the long run it will make you mentally stronger than ever before. Looking at the big picture gets us out of our short term obsession and allows us to see the brushed over benefits.
Step 2: Change how you view your body.
Do not perceive your body as failing you. When you were a child and scuffed up your knees, your body healed. You did not have to think about growing new cells over the wound…you did not have to muster up all your energy and brainpower toward healing…instead, your body knew what to do…and within a few days, the cut got smaller and smaller.
Now, it’s time to appreciate this aspect of yourself. Our bones, muscles, tendons, everything…are not stagnant objects. They can be strengthened! They can change, repair, grow and become strong. Time will heal your injury and your body is already starting this healing process. You can aid in the strengthening of your body. Performing the exercises prescribed to help your injury and the muscles surrounding it will certainly pay off. Be diligent and smart during your recovery to make the healing process as easy as possible for your body. It’s time to appreciate your biological human self.
Step 3: Find things to be thankful for
Time to make an internal list of wonderful things in your life…trust me, this helps. Where do you find joy? Who are the people that make you laugh and smile? What is your favorite spot to eat? Did you see any nature today? Did anyone hold the door for you? It’s time to notice all the good and beauty surrounding you. If you can consistently focus on the aspects of life that create bliss and good around you…it will bring you happiness and appreciation. It will trump the sadness injury causes you. It will rejuvenate your spirit and keep you upbeat during recovery. Just start noticing.
So…do not let your injury defeat you. Rise above. Change your perspective…find your positivity…and you will heal.