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What can I do to help with my recovery?

  • Breath: Take deep breaths from the diaphragm or stomach. Breathe in, then when you breathe out. Very slowly release your breath out counting to 5. Repeat.
  • Exercise: Change your focus. Get your body moving, even if it looks different than what your workout was before your injury.
  • Try Music: Listen to a relaxing or lively tune that inspires you. Consider dancing.
  • Do One Positive Thing: Do something positive for yourself or someone else. Every day is an opportunity to do something to move you towards your goals or towards being more optimistic and encouraging.
  • Socialize: Call someone and talk about something pleasant (or just to vent!)
  • Use a Comfort Item: Hold onto or wrap yourself in something soothing or calming — a blanket, jacket, scarf, stuffed animal — anything that helps you feel more comfortable.
  • Envision: Look at and direct your attention towards a picture of a beautiful, calming scene, like the beach, a lake, or mountains.
  • Visualize: Bring to mind a place you love — whether real or imagined. Describe the scene using all 5 senses. What do you see, smell, hear, taste and feel?
  • List your Achievements: What have you accomplished that was challenging for you? What have people said you do well? What is something you are proud you did?

Some resources for you to explore: