When we go to sleep our body has time to shut down and prioritise healing and recovery. Sleep is anabolic. Sleep is parasympathetic. Sleep boosts your immune system and reduces inflammation. SLEEP IS KING IN REHAB!
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO
It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and focus on what you can’t do right now. But who’s that going to help? There’s usually a lot more things you’re capable of doing than sitting on your ass all day. Depending on the severity of the injury you might be able to walk, or only train upper body. Maybe you can swim at the beach. Maybe you can use a sauna. Maybe your injury is so severe that you can’t leave your bed. Great! It’s time develop a breathing practice.
SEEK EXPERT ADVICE
There are people in your area that specialise on your injury. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, you can book in at your local physio. Or you may have to do a bit of digging, travel a little further and pay a bit of extra money. DO IT! Good advice is golden! It’s your body and you’re living in it the rest of your life.
ACTUALLY DO THE REHAB WORK
This might sound obvious but after you’ve sought the advice from an expert, you need to do the rehab work. Doing the exercises for one day, or one week, is simply not enough. You need to be diligent and consistently show up to do your drills. Set an alarm and build them into your day.
SORT OUT YOUR KITCHEN
Matt Lovell explains that “a sound nutritional strategy is required for the optimization of the regeneration environment.” Whatever you eat during this time is going to be extremely important for repairing and rebuilding the injury. Make sure you’re getting in enough calories (minimize catabolic state). But not too much where you’re ruining your body composition (weigh yourself often to find the balance). Minimise harmful / pro-inflammatory foods such as alcohol and sugar. Focus on nutrient dense foods (fruit and veg, quality protein) and other things such as fish oils and bone broths. Look at the photos accompanying this post for more ideas. It’s worth seeking expert help here too.