The Injury Portal

As much as on the surface level it absolutely sucks balls, being injured is likely to be an opportunity for you to grow. Injuries create limitations on our beings that allow us to be more creative within those confines. For me it’s been a whiplash that has lasted coming up 9 months, this meant that I could not get overly excited without hurting my neck. If I got angry I had to breathe through it, and wait it out, if I got sad I had to breathe and relax into it without curling up, it has meant that I have had to cultivate an inner strength that I did not know I had.

Any athlete that has been injured knows that it is a psychological game as much as a physical one. Letting go of those previous PR’s in order to recover is tough, having to rest completely – even tougher. It is the game of wanting so badly to get out in that game, but knowing that if you do, then it will only get worse.

Here are some tools that have helped me so far along my recovery journey:

  • Meditation – How you feel isn’t a reliable indicator of your health. Behaviour and expression are much more reliable benchmarks to work from. If you can relax and observe these, then not only will you be able calm the body by calming the mind (decreasing your likely-hood of re-injury, and increasing your recovery speed), but you will be able to get an idea as to the sensible and mindful limits that your body is comfortable operating in at that moment in time, regardless of how you are ‘feeling.’
  • Sleep – This is when you are truly recovering, rebuilding those damaged tissues. Sleep regular hours. I try to sleep 10:30 – 7.30. But truly in your heart of hearts, you know how much sleep you perform best on.
  • Hydration – Most people are dehydrated, and hydrating yourself adequately is going to do more for your healing, psychological and physical health than you know. Soothe yourself with a glass of water or a cup of fruit tea, not coffee.
  • Do things that keep your spirits high. (but not those that overexert you or overexcite you. If you’re hoping to heal quickly without re-injuring yourself, then mindfulness is your friend here.)
  • Move – Mindful movement, and low intensity movement are going to stretch and challenge those damaged tissues. They will regenerate with time if you treat them well. Again, you know how much exercise you are best on in that moment. Treat yourself carefully, I’d recommend exercising on regular hours if possible to help psychologically. (best to see a specific sports therapist of your choosing for this one depending on your injury for the specific movements).

An injury is a portal for you to discover new strength in other areas of your life. Your inner strength might have needed an upgrade or a path correction. Treat your injuries like reminders to stay conscious.


-Ben

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How to Help those around you that Suffer with Depression or Mental Illness.

This is a post for people who are dealing with a friend or loved one who is struggling with their mental health. This is what I wish those around me had known in my darkest periods.*

Send them unrelenting, unceasing, unending love. Penetrate through their state with gifts of your love and humour, and show them the light. Inflate them with your state and guide them with practical advice on the next steps. ‘This is what you’re going to do. And I’m going to do it with you.’

You need to be their ground. While they are bouncing off the walls, being irrational, going ups and down in their mood, you are so fixated on your mission, that you cannot be flapped, you cannot be moved off course. Because your mission is to uplift yourself, and them with you.

HOWEVER, this does not mean that you are responsible for their mood. There should be no martyrdom involved here. You CANNOT take responsibility for their mood and current state. It is NOT your fault. And it in would be selfish and unhelpful to assume so.

What you are is a shining light, and that is what you must be and nourish within yourself. You must focus on your growth, and the maintenance of your light. Which means putting yourself FIRST.

You cannot help anyone if your light goes out.

You are going to bring people up. You’re not going to let anyone bring you down. Whoever is most sure person in the room will be the most influential. This is why you need to be fixated on your goal of uplifting yourself and others with you, and you must live in alignment with this.

Know that everything is unfolding perfectly, as it should. Everything happens because it needs to.

“…I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul…” – William Ernest Henley

-Ben

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*This article is not meant as an alternative to professional care and advice. It is meant to be complementary.