If you’ve been sidelined by an injury, you may be feeling disappointed that you can’t partake in all of your normal activities and daily routines. But the good news is, as long as you focus on self-care and incorporate some of these strategies, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Here are some great (and natural) ways that you can help your body heal:
Food as Medicine
The food you put in your body has a direct impact on the news cells that are built in your body. When you’re injured you really want to focus on rebuilding, whether that’s bone, muscle, or tissue. Dark leafy greens like kale are chock full of Vitamin A and calcium to get the rebuilding process going. Focus on eating raw organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible for living nutrients to fuel your healing. Don’t forget to incorporate protein from sources like sesame or sunflower seeds, nuts and healthy fats from avocado.
While you may have to take a break from your normal Vinyasa yoga practice, movement is essential for proper healing of the body. If you let your injured body rest immobile for too long, it will atrophy and you will lose all the surrounding muscle – making it far harder to recover. Instead, practice small motions but don’t push past the point of pain. Your body is meant to be in motion! So keep your joints and muscles active and flexible as you go through the healing process. You’ll be grateful when it shortens your recovery time!
One of the most powerful ways to create something in your life is to meditate on it, and healing from an injury is no different. Set aside time every day to still your mind and focus on your breath, then bring in an empowering and healing mantra. Send healing energy to your injury and imagine it growing strong and revitalized. Meditation will also help you stay grounded and present during the recovery period.