For anyone who might have faced injury, and they’re off from work, or are at a loss as to how to help their loved ones create normalcy after injury, this post is for you.
After living through a terrible accident myself, and spending almost a decade in #rehab life, I learned a few tips and tricks to build a healthy routine, while adjusting to a new way of showing up in the world. Most of all, I want to help anyone build a routine that feels like they’re nurturing parts of themselves because the world will feel like it’s been turned upside-down.
It didn’t take very long until I realized that everything about my life centred around “rehab”, which meant healing and learning how to adapt with the new level of ability. Throughout that period in my life, the essential parts of ME were much more difficult to bring-out.
Eventually life came full circle but it took a whole lot of reflection and self-compassion to really craft out an awesome med-rehab schedule for myself that felt true and authentic. Can you relate?
MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR LIFE IN THE MIDST OF SO MANY MEDICAL/REHAB APPOINTMENTS
First, it can be challenging to really “move-on” from it all if you have an outstanding legal or insurance claim.
Biggest Reasons Why:
- You’re accountable to everyone else (and forget about yourself).
- You feel you have no control.
- Your family relationships feel cluttered.
- The desire to move forward is impeded by pain, or psychological hick-ups.
- The desire to move forward is impeded by a bad insurance adjustor would denies all treatments.
- Your sleep is often disrupted due to pain or a change in daytime routine.
- You’ve not been able to return to work and/or work is not supportive of physical limitations.
Big Issues Of Concern In Your Daily Routine:
- You have no motivation to return to work, even though you can.
- You shut down all communication with loved ones.
- Your lack of control impedes.
- You have poor pain control, and refuse to manage it medically.
- You don’t want to attend your appointments.
- You don’t have any contact with your legal representatives.
- You’re angry at the world, and think it’ll just get better (this too I know!).
All of these reasons and issues can lead to massive amounts of anxiety and depression, and can you leaving you feeling pretty hopeless. Stop right there! With inspiration from daily Self-Mastery Quotes, and Heart Quotes, and books written by Napolean Hill, Deepak Chopra, Kahlil Gibran & Rhonda Byrne, I’ve designed you a sweet routine to try out in the new year.
Here’s What Your Day Could Look Like (With A Soulful Shift).
I’ve left the wake-up & meal times blank for you to fill in if you like…
Wake-Up Time: Schedule your alarm clock that’s ‘normal’ for you, before 9:30am. If you have trouble sleeping at night, wake-up anyways. Enjoy the space between those few moments when you hear the alarm and open your eyes. Remember, this is about you taking control of your day!
30 minutes after wake-up: Phone-Free zone! Do not check your texts. Do not check emails. Do not surf social media. Wake-up quietly. Get your morning breakfast or coffee/tea going. Be present. Be grateful for whatever sleep you got. Set an intention for how you want to feel. Even if you feel that it’s impossible to feel that way, unleash your creativity and the power of your attention and thoughts will take you there.
These first 30 minutes are YOUR free time. They do not belong to anyone else but you. Even if you have a family around you, these first few moments of the day are crucial to aligning yourself with the world. BE with your family, but be grateful.
Morning: On Monday, organize your schedule as you normally would. If you’re having trouble getting a schedule going, define 1 thing that you will always do. Listen to instrumental tracks. Listen to a motivational youtube videos. Organize your afternoon! Check emails. If you have appointments, put reminders in your phone of how you want to feel at your appointment.
Lunch: Prepare it and read something inspiring. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a great one. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra is also another. Here’s a quote from The Secret: “Expectation is a powerful attractive force. Expect the things you want, and don’t expect the things you don’t want”, (p. 93).
Afternoon: If not in a treatment, try to schedule a call with a friend or family member. Go out to the library, or a cafe. Try to have human connection!
I recall missing out on that connection tremendously. I remember being in so much pain that I just wanted to fall asleep on the couch, watching Oprah (or The Young & The Restless lol). That was ok, but not daily. My friends were working during the day, and I wasn’t, but I could still schedule a phone call with my grandmother, or aunt.
Dinner: Cook a meal from scratch, or do part of the preparation for your meal, if possible. Have tech-free time, away from your cell phone or computer (unless you need it for an awesome recipe!).
Evening: Write in a Vision Journal, or speak into a recorder or your computer. Visualization is the process that creates a picture in your mind of what you want. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne talks about the Law Of Attraction, which “returns that reality to you, just as you saw it in your mind”. I can say that I spent many moments visualizing being pain-free, and I attracted that.
Read your goals for the day and nod off to sleep. Be grateful for the soulful day you had, and the soulfree life you’re creating…even if you have all kinds of pain & suffering!
Does This Seems Way Too Challenging To Do?
Well, changing your routine or thought process is never easy. And frankly, if I had read this very blog post myself while in #rehablife, I may have thought “what the bleep”. But…I’ve bene in your shoes!
In the meantime, I’m interested in knowing how you spend your day. What changes would you like to make to your day or thought-process? You can follow me on facebook or instagram.
I’d love to hear from you.