Road to Recovery: Motivating Yourself When You’re Old and Injured

Old man doing physical examination

As we get older, we are more prone to experiencing injuries from our daily routine. That increased vulnerability can make us feel a little less happy with ourselves as we move on with our life. Sometimes, we can get into a more serious situation that requires therapy. If you’re already feeling bad before, imagine how that feeling can increase while you try to recover from such an injury. Of course, there’s always a way for you to stay motivated to get back to living independently. You can start by following these pointers.

Set Goals for the Short Term

Often when people get injured, the goal is to get back completely to the way they were before. However, when this is your only target, you might just become disappointed in yourself whenever you fail to perform at your usual pace. You can motivate yourself to keep going by setting smaller short-term goals and sticking to them. For example, while you’re undergoing occupational therapy, being able to move toys for adults is a more reasonable objective for you to reach.

Look at the Bright Side

When you get an injury that requires therapy, you can feel helpless. However, looking for the positive side of the situation can help you motivate yourself to get out of that mental trap. Think of something that you can be thankful for, like still being able to move, or staying alive. Doing it at least once a day can help you press on a bit more and recover faster. Making this a habit can be beneficial to you even after you get back on your feet.

Try New Activities

Injuries can and will leave you unable to perform tasks in the way that you’re used to doing them before. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to do anything. In fact, an injury can force you to learn to do something in a different way. Try taking a good look of your current situation. Is there some new way for you to perform tasks? Challenging yourself can keep your mind away from negative thoughts and motivate you to recover.

Take a Break When Necessary

Physical therapist checking an old man

Going through therapy and working to regain your full bodily functions is hard work. Because of that, you should also value your rest. If you’re feeling like you’re not getting anywhere, take a break for a while and then get back to it. The important thing here is to not give up on recovery entirely. Also, it helps when you reward yourself for reaching your short-term goals. Every achievement you have, whether it’s big or small, is reason to celebrate.

Recovery from injury is a journey, and what’s important is not getting to the end of it quickly. Your goal is to finish and become whole and functional again by re-learning movements and tasks. It can feel slow and it can be disappointing sometimes, but there’s always hope of getting back to the way you were before or even better. Don’t give up.

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