Getting back to your regular regimen of activity after an injury, requires physical and mental patience and healing. It’s important, of course, not to push oneself too hard when healing from an injury for fear of reinjury. Also, of course, one’s ability to bounce back, and how one goes about it, has a lot to do with the type of injury and the mode of sport. An athlete used to competitive sport, for instance, will face different frustrations than, say, the casual jogger. Nonetheless, an attitude of mindfulness is the number one attribute you need to get back in the game.

1) Get Support

You may need more support now than usual, as you slowly get your heart, head, and body back in the game. Speak with your physician about your fitness and rehabilitative goals, including a discussion about how quickly you can realistically expect to be performing at the level you were at pre-injury. Also, when your doctor says it’s alright to begin stretching and strength training again, consider hitting the gym with a buddy. Someone you can be accountable to, when you may feel tempted to push yourself further than you’re ready for, can really help you keep your eye on the long term.

2) Remember Your Mind

If you haven’t previously incorporated meditation, journaling, or talk therapy into your wellness routine, this is a good time to consider it. Remember that you don’t have to meditate or journal every single day to see and feel the results. Just building a few moments for mindfulness and reflection into each week can really help keep the body and mind in sync.

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