Staying Motivated Through Illness And Injury

by - November 02, 2018

In this blog, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of consistency in tweaking your lifestyle to encourage you to meet your dietary and fitness goals. However, you can be completely on-track and well on your way to find an equilibrium that works for you, when suddenly the unexpected strikes. You may be injured at work, you may inadvertently injure yourself at the gym by lifting without properly warming up. You may suffer from a trip or fall on the road or (Heaven forbid) be hit by a car. You may be struck with an illness that renders you not only unable to work out but to work or resume your normal life. Any one of these sadly quotidian events can leave you injured and immobile either temporarily or permanently. This is a huge blow physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Yet, while your every instinct may scream at you to give up, staying consistent now is more important than ever. Staying as on-track and active as possible will boost your chances of recovery and lessen the psychological impact that your illness or injury may have on you. Here we’ll look at some ways in which you can keep yourself motivated through illness and injury…

Look to the stars

In this situation it may be advisable to look for sources of inspiration. Fortunately, our popular culture is studded with stars who have taken illness, injury and disability and risen to the challenge rather than allowing themselves to be defeated by it. Just take Christopher Reeve, for instance, who defied the expectations of medical science after he was paralyzed after an equestrian event. Or Stephen Hawking who survived for decades and became the world’s most celebrated physicist decades after he was told at the age of 21 that he had just 2 years to live after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease. Or Helen Keller, or Bethany Hamilton… The list goes on and on!

Set yourself goals

If your injury or illness renders you unable to work as well as being unable to engage in physical exercise while also making it much harder to cook, you will be left with a void in your life. A void caused by a lack of long and short term goals. In their absence you’ll need to provide some of your own. Whether it’s making an appointment with a disability lawyer or even resolving to get out of the house for at least an hour every day. If you are unable to work as a result of your injury or illness, having a long term disability lawyer on retainer is a good idea. They can fight your corner and make sure that you get the disability benefit to which you are entitled. Be sure to set small goals and big goals, long term and short term goals. Just make sure that they are challenging but realistic to keep yourself motivated.

Remember how important healthy eating is to your recovery

While the trauma of your injury or illness may compel you to want to immerse yourself in pizza, nachos and ice cream, it’s vital that you remember how integral a healthy diet is to your injury. Make sure that your every plate is loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. These will help to repair damaged tissue while combating the inflammation which can impede recovery.

Although illness and injury can be formidable hurdles, when you stay motivated there is nothing that you cannot overcome!

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