Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Dealing with an Injury

Injuries are something that can happen to everyone, although until recently I've never really had anything which has set me back for any length of time. After a particularly bad cough however, I have managed to give myself a fairly bad tear in one of my chest muscles which has put me out of my usual gym and training schedule completely. I can't lie - I've been totally miserable because of it. Anyone else ever felt the same?

It can be super demoralising not being able to do what you love. With a weekend of competitions just around the corner for me I've still had to attend all of the training sessions for both of my cheerleading teams to make sure that I don't fall behind with choreography, and am aware of any changes. Sitting out and watching everyone work their skills and progress has been really hard, and I felt like I was letting my stunt group down as they can't train properly with one person down!

If you're in the same position right now where you're feeling down-in-the-dumps and need a little pick-me-up, here are a few things to keep in mind.

It's not your fault!

I mean, yes it happened to you and maybe you pushed yourself too hard or something, but testing your limits is part of human nature! Nothing ventured nothing gained. We learn from our mistakes, and things like this only teach us more about ourselves.
Simply put, I guess you'll know not to do it again - or will at least know how not to do something! ;)

REST REST REST!

When I first got injured it didn't feel too bad - more of a strong ache every now and then. So me being stubborn and not wanting to fall behind in training didn't rest fully and whilst I stopped doing weights, I still went to training as normal. Please for the life of me don't do this! I know it sucks to not be able to keep up for fear of losing process etc., but if you don't rest up then you could end up being out of action for at longer if you don't rest and it gets worse... Plus, it also means that you can focus on other areas of your health and wellness! *pat self on back for nice segway to...*

Use your time out to focus on other things

The first few days of my injury, I sat moping around feeling sorry for myself and eating too many carbs. But soon I realised that actually, me not spending 15 hours a week either at cheer training or at the gym meant that I had a lot more time on my hands to focus on other important areas that will help me to be as healthy as possible.
For me, I used the extra hours in my day to plan my meals better, try out a few new recipes and focus on getting ahead of the game with university work. Giving myself other areas to improve on is an amazing way of creating new habits that I can keep up when I get back to the gym and cheer, and was the perfect solution for getting me out of the little pity-hole I'd dug for myself. So give it a try! :)

Have you ever had to take time out because of an injury? Share your tips and advice below! 

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Your New, Super Simple Immunity Booster

For me, colds are something which tend to creep up on me slowly, tickling my throat and giving me the odd sniffle - just so that I know that they're there, waiting to pounce. Then a week or so later BAM. Full blown coughing, sneezing and spluttering for a week or two until my immune system battles it off.

I'm not a fan of reaching for cold and flu tablets or any other sort of medication when I'm poorly because I'm aware that taking paracetamol, ibuprofen etc. when it's not neccesary will only lessen it's effectiveness when I really do need it. After flicking through an old Paleo magazine I saw a recipe for a Immunity-Boosting Tonic, and whilst I haven't followed the directions exactly I have managed to create a super simple way to fire up your immune system at the start of the day, with as little effort as possible being required.
Ingredients:

  • Juice of quarter of a lemon
  • Small piece of fresh ginger
  • Warm water

Simply boil the kettle and pour 250ml into a mug or heat-safe glass, before squeezing in your lemon and grating in some ginger! I have a ginger grater but it's perfectly fine to use a normal grater if you don't have one to hand. I prefer to let the mixture infuse for a little while I make the rest of my breakfast before straining it as I'm not a huge fan of the ginger pulp, but if it doesn't bother you then gulp it down straight from the mug!

It's such a refreshing way to start the day. The lemon and ginger combined with the warm water really kick-starts your metabolism by aiding with digestion and cleansing your system, as well as giving your immune system a helping hand. It's also a great replacement if you're trying to cut down on caffeine as it gives a super natural energy boost!

I've been sipping on this every morning before food and I genuinely believe it's been a big contributor for my skin getting better, keeping my diet on-track and getting rid of that insufferable cold.

Do you have any go-to recipes for when you're feeling rough? Leave them in the comments below!

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