(Huge thanks to Shana Johnstone for allowing us to share her most recent writings)
10 Things I’ve Learned About Injury and the Importance of Mindset (continued)
1. Figure out if you are willing to address mindset
If you are reading this and feeling irritated with the idea of mindset—“Hey, this is a physical injury and what does how I think about it have to do with anything and it’s not like I can just ignore it and it’s really uncomfortable and I’m so frustrated and this is about my body not my mind!”—well, you may have already snorted in disgust and stopped reading.
Or you might recognize yourself in this, be tired of feeling powerless against the demands and limitations of physical injury, and want to tame the frustration.
I didn’t have a good handle on my mindset when I last got injured, despite already dealing with another long-term injury. As time went on and I wasn’t healing, I felt increasingly frustrated and sad, and I experienced some dark days. I was feeling very unlike myself. But it soon became clear to me that I needed—wanted—to do some work to reframe my experience and positively influence my daily mindset and overall outcome.
It’s okay to feel however you’re feeling about your injury. But know that you can choose to make the injury experience easier on yourself by working on your mindset. Are you willing?
Coming up next:
2. Hold on to your power