How I Kept My Injury From Getting Worse

Getting injured can be a slippery slope that may lead to a rapid downward spiral.  I have had my share of injuries and some of them took forever to heal.  Last week I was worried when I felt a twinge in my back and woke up with a stiff neck.  I was in a lot of pain for a few days, but I made sure that I attended to my injuries and now the pain is gone!

Here is what I did to keep my injury from getting worse:

  1. I applied ice.  Ice helps reduce inflammation and aids healing and recovery.  I made sure that I iced my injury every day.
  2. I rested.  I was running myself a little ragged for the past few weeks so I backed off on the extra activities and made sure that I was getting more sleep at night.
  3. I listened to my body.  This is an ongoing work in progress.  The body has the ability to heal itself if we allow it to.
  4. I leaned in to the pain and gave it some extra love.  By this, I mean that I made sure that I gently stretched the area.  I also got a lacrosse ball and a spiky foam roller.  These two were game-changers in my healing process.
  5. I avoided movements, activities, and positions that caused pain.  I took a break from yoga for a few days.
  6. I did what I could.  I was sad that I could not continue with the strenuous routine I was following before, but I made it a point to do what I could.  I started my week with a lower body workout and some cardio since my upper body was giving me grief.  I actually think that exercising helped me to heal.

I think this is the quickest that I have ever been able to recover from a painful injury and thank goodness because that sh*t hurt!  Last month I did daily pilates and yoga.  It was a strenuous schedule and often tricky to fit in to my work schedule and balance with my personal life too.  I got a little nervous at the thought of adding the gym to my routine.  I initially planned on doing pilates too, but on my 1st day (last Monday) I noticed that I was stressing hard about fitting in pilates.  So…  I dropped pilates and decided to just focus on Yoga, Weight-lifting, and Cardio and it made all the difference in the world.  This little drop in activity kept me from over-exerting myself and burning out.

Remember that it is okay to back off on activity just as long as you do something!

If you are nursing an injury I am sorry and I am sending you great, big, *hugs* Hang in there.  Things will get better.

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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