An injury taking you out of the game is no fun at all and not something any of us wants to go through. However, being an athlete means that it happens. Yes you try to avoid it as much as possible but pushing yourself and going with all you’ve got means that eventually you’ll deal with an injury.
As frustrating as an injury is, keeping in mind that it can help us, not hinder us, is key to getting through the situation.
That statement isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Hear me out.
So many times we think of an injury as the closing of a door. We get annoyed, sad, and upset. We pout, shout, and probably get a little more cranky about the situation than we need to.
And that’s okay! It’s part of the process so take the time to work though it. Just don’t dwell on it.
Realize that instead of a door slamming shut, an injury can open up new doors for us.
Injuries provide us with a chance to explore new exercise routines. While an injury might mean you can’t do something that you love, the flip-side of that being, you have the chance to try out something new.
Maybe you’ll get to try spinning for the first time. Maybe now is your chance to start biking around your neighborhood more. Or maybe it presents the opportunity for you to swim more and work on your form.
The downtime might even provide you a chance for more quiet time and inner reflection. You might be able to work through a personal issue you’re facing or perhaps you’ll have more time to focus on something that you’ve been putting off.
With an injury, instead of focusing on the negative and dwelling on the fact that you’re sidelined, take that extra time to do something new or focus on an area of your life that needs attention.
Being positive will not only help the time go faster but you’ll grow in ways that you didn’t realize were possible.