Isn’t it a common practice to let our thoughts run away with us? For example, when we are at work we fantasize about being on vacation. But, when we are on vacation we worry about all the work piling up in our office. Our minds can get the best of us in just about any situation. I’m willing to bet that these nagging thoughts are working over time throughout our recovery when we have plenty of time to think.
Feel good about your recovery by implementing a few practices that will help you stay in the moment. Learn to stay positive and enjoy even the most challenging times in your life. Here are 5 steps to help you feel good about your recovery:
1. Wake Up With a Smile
Set the tone each day with a smile. Happiness is a choice (sometimes it is a hard choice). Set happiness as your intention each day when you wake up in the morning. It will help you face your challenges with a positive attitude.
2. Keep a Progress Journal
Do you feel like your recovery is not moving fast enough? Set a recovery plan with your doctor and track your progress. Rate each physical therapy session or each exercise so you can look back on everything you have accomplished since your surgery. Focus on those milestones to help propel you to the next.
3. Commit Random Acts of Kindness
Looking for a productive way to kill time? How about sending off a few encouraging notes to friends and family? Removing your focus from your recovery and placing it onto others in a positive way is very healing for the soul.
4. Lose Yourself
Whether playing a game with family or friends, or focusing on a hobby, start something and enjoy it. Don’t let your thoughts wander to worry, but submerge yourself in whatever is before you.
5. Count Your Blessings
Make a list of all the things in your life for which you are thankful. This will also give you a new appreciation for the good things in your life once your recovery is complete.Sharing is Caring!