Category: Health Yourself Written by Sarah Kaminski
Whether you’re working on recovering from physical or mental trauma, injury, or illness, you may feel increasingly impatient with yourself at times.
After all, wouldn’t it be great if you could just wake up one day and be “back to normal?”
However, both our bodies and our minds need time to heal. We can’t expect them to regenerate overnight or even within the space of a few short weeks.
Be patient with yourself. It will take time. Read on for more on the healing process and how you can help yourself heal.
You Are Healing for Yourself
The only person who truly needs you to be feeling well is yourself. You are not working on feeling better for your friends or family, no matter how much they may love you. You are doing it for yourself.
Yes, healing yourself will benefit your immediate surroundings as well, and you can certainly inspire others to feel better about their own lives as well. But that is not your main goal.
The more healed you are, the easier it will be to deal with all of life’s ups and downs, and you will be able to live a closer approximation of your best life.
Forget about what you may or may not be making others feel. Focus on yourself and your own wellbeing first and foremost.
Everyone Is Different
You may have been told (or have read online) that most people usually recover from their ailments in a certain amount of time. And while that may be true, don’t forget that each individual is different and that we don’t operate within the same timetables.
Your body may need more time to recover from an illness because it’s more tired than somebody else’s body. Your panic attacks are certainly very different from those of every other person experiencing them.
You are living a unique and unparalleled life, so allow yourself the time dictated by your own body and mind. Forget what you’ve been told about recovery times, and give yourself what you need to recuperate.
Healing Is Not a Linear Process
The process of healing does not unfold in one straight line. It has its ups and downs, and when you’re in the middle of a down, you may feel like you’re making no progress at all.
But it’s perfectly okay to have down days. That’s all just a part of the process and a necessity on the road to getting better.
When you are feeling particularly low, just remind yourself that it’s okay and try to focus your attention elsewhere if you can. If you absolutely have to dwell on the recovery process, try to remind yourself where you’ve started out and how far you’ve come.
Even if you may feel your particular brand of worst at the moment, you will have felt just as bad or worse before. It’s all just the way it needs to be, as your body and mind work on overcoming the obstacle.
How to Help Yourself Heal
To help yourself heal, try embracing some of the following practices:
- Move your body as much as you can. Unless a physical injury or an illness requires you to remain in bed, try to move as much as you can and as much as feels good. Even a simple everyday walk will do a lot to help you feel less stressed, and it will help your overall wellbeing.
- Work on your sleep. Sleep is an integral part of both mental and physical recovery, so do your best to improve yours as much as you can. Explore the idea of getting a new mattress, one that will help you sleep more soundly and allow you to wake up energized.
- Express your gratitude. Gratitude journaling or a gratitude-focused meditation practice can boost the way you feel about your recovery and let you refocus your attention on the positives. Don’t remind yourself of the major things in your life you are grateful for. Try to think of the tiniest details, such as the smell of freshly made coffee that you’ve enjoyed on that particular day.
- Surround yourself with motivation and positivity. If you have people around you who you feel are draining your energy or making you feel negative, forgo seeing or speaking to them for a while. Only watch, listen to, and be around people that make you feel better, be it in person or online.
Stop rushing the healing process. Instead, embrace it as a natural recovery cycle – one that will make you feel stronger and closer to your best future self.
Sarah Kaminski is a life enjoyer, positivity seeker, and a curiosity enthusiast. She’s been a freelance writer for over a decade and loves researching health and wellness topics.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sarah Kaminski
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