Keep Positive And Convalesce Like A Boss

 

Good morning on this wet weekend of ours!

How glorious is it? Waking up to a weekend of cloud cover that heralds permission for you to take your time unravelling yourself from the bed covers!  Lamenting the week that was for some is a favourite Saturday past time.

For others who are bed ridden as a matter of course and circumstance, it is just groundhog day over again - another day where the confines of repose is all you have to adjust to.  

As you may have read, I have been in convalescence for the past three weeks now as the fractures in my foot are given time and space to heal.  This time has afforded me more stillness and rest than I have known for a very long time…if ever.  I’ve become well adjusted already to ground hog day, and I feel very comfortable with that.

OPPORTUNITY WRAPPED UP IN MISFORTUNE

If you had said to me three weeks ago that I was going to be offered the opportunity of the next six weeks to sit and contemplate my next move in my business and personal life, that I would have time to spend in writing new programs for my patients, more time to research treatment protocols, work on my website and so much more - I would have said “Show me the couch!”  

However, if you had said to me that this opportunity would only come through the misfortune of an accident - I would have baulked at the chance and pressed on with my busy life.  After all, who needs to go through unnecessary pain to take the downtime needed to rest, plan and reset a life plan? Many have said to me that this has happened to slow me down…and I agree.

I would have been a long way off slowing down myself under my own steam as I had just moved and was still settling things in.  The move was a step towards a less intense working pace for me down the track - I guess I just hadn’t slowed down fast enough!

NOW THAT YOU’VE ARRIVED…

In the unfolding of the recent events, it has dawned on me how impatient patients can be!  I have found most of the time I have been in a space of receptivity to my recent plight, but every now and then I have also identified with the inconvenience this incident has caused me.  

In saying that, I am reminded about many patients that I have met along the way who may be literally getting in the way of their own healing through their reactions to their health circumstance.  Initial shock is understandable, however the responses after that is completely in the hands of the endurer.

As with all phases of change - the best thing I know I need to do, is to be mindful of resisting this situation with mannerism of negativity, and embrace the place I have arrived in, and everything it is bringing with it.  

After all - what will grumbling do to help the situation?  It won’t improve my circumstances. It won’t make my break heal any faster or magically reverse the clock to the moment before it happened…there is absolutely no common sense in getting cranky about the restrictions I have been placed under.  For more chronic or life defining conditions, this is even more profound, but for each individual, a place each of us will find at differing time frames.

MAINTAINING POSITIVITY UNDER FIRE

The chemistry of positivity is so potent it can really push a healing phase along.  Conversely - the chemistry of negativity is also incredibly potent - it can slow it down and have adverse affects on your immune health.

Whenever you are in a situation where your health knocks you down, it is so important to gather as much strength up as possible to hit the positive outlook button over and over.  If there was a way to push a button on a dopamine hit alongside a pain hit in intravenous drips - I would think this would be an amazing outcome for patients who are in a long term convalescent situations.

Dopamine is the brain’s positive thinking hormone as it is generated as a result of reward stimulation such as in exercise or eating highly satisfying foods like chocolate.  I wouldn’t suggest you eat a heap of chocolate when afflicted with bed rest, but anything that stimulates dopamine production is ideal.

Here are my top tips for keeping yourself positive and healthy when you have to stay put and rest in the name of better health:

  1. Accept your situation as is and work towards a plan to set yourself up with what you need to do alternative tasks you don’t often get to do like sorting receipts, deleting emails, arranging photographs, learning a new skill like a musical instrument or new language.  In essence, plan to busy yourself in constructive ways. Try building vision boards, resetting goals, writing affirmations, creating a gratitude list or mastering the art of meditation. 
  2. Eat well - with whatever you choose to put into your body, it is advisable to ensure it can be broken down into components that contribute to healing your body, vs adding load.  Foods that build strength, easy to digest, has a good fluid base and packed full of nutrients are the key.  Collagen rich foods like bone broth and hard stalk vegetables like carrot, celery, parsnip, broccoli and cauliflower have tissue strengthening nutrients.  Antioxidant rich green, red and purple vegetables and berries, citrus and custard apple are high in collagen production stimulants.  They also help to protect against inflammation.  Turmeric, ginger, pomegranate and pineapple have particularly high inflammation protective nutrients.
  3. Exercise parts of your body you can move safely.  Just because one part is not able to work, doesn’t mean you have to cease moving altogether.  I have been restricted in driving but in a seated position I can still move my arms and my other leg, I can still do small movements that build strength in those parts, and I can stretch my aching muscles from using assisted walking aides. The last thing I want to do is weaken my whole body, so wherever you can and from whatever position you are in, try and do some form of active movement. It will keep your lymphatic system clearing itself for faster healing and remind your muscles how to keep burning fat for fuel and maintain tone and structure for the other parts of your body.
  4. Consider supplementing with rebuilding nutrients on top of your diet for faster functional repair or pain management: silica, boron, vitamin c, zinc, proline, serine, arnica, Californian poppy, Jamaican Dogwood, magnesium, omega 3 oils and protein fortified with collagen. Much of this can be blended into combination formulas for ease of administration.  Always check with a professional before starting any supplemental program and advise your medical practitioner that you are taking supplements with all conditions.

Remember, staying positive is a key component to the best healing journeys, regardless of where they end for you…