Injured - Now What?

The Emotional Side of Injuries

Some of you are dealing with injuries and hopefully you’ve got a treatment plan (if not, please talk to a doctor!)

Although a physical therapist, and some self-treatment can help you deal with the physical pain, it’s often harder to cope with the emotional aspects.

Here are some tips for helping you deal with the psychological strain of not being able to run:

  • See it as an opportunity. An injury recovery period is a perfect time to work on your weakness. If your core can use strengthening, for example, now’s a good opportunity to work on it.
  • Stay active. Talk to your doctor about options for safe cross-training activities, such as yoga, Pilates, or swimming. The physical activity will help prevent feelings of sadness and anger.
  • Seek out other stress relievers. Running is most likely a source of stress relief for you. Now’s the time to find other relaxing activities that may help manage your stress (including the stress of dealing with an injury!).
  • Don’t abandon running altogether. Although not being able to run may make you want to forget about running, staying away may actually make you feel even worse. Keep in touch with your running buddies. Use your recovery period as a time to get involved with running in other ways, such as volunteering at a race or cheering on your friends.
  • But find other outlets, too. Now’s also a great time to focus on non-running aspects of your life. Get together with non-running friends for coffee or dinner, or catch a movie. Doing something that isn’t part of your regular routine will help you appreciate the time off from running.
  • Think positive! Try not to adopt a “woe-is-me” attitude. An optimistic outlook will help speed up your recovery.
  • Look toward the future. Remind yourself that the silver lining of any injury is that you’ll appreciate being healthy much more when you come back. You won’t take running for granted!

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