Small Steps To Pick Yourself Up After A Period Of Bad Health

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Small Steps To Pick Yourself Up After A Period Of Bad Health

Have you struggled to pick yourself up after a period of bad health? If you have then you know how difficult it is to fully recover. So what do you need to do? Many people have found success by working with a life coach. This post will tell you some simple steps you must take to pick yourself up after a period of bad health.

Pick yourself up, take a deep breath, dust yourself off. And start all over again, nothing’s impossible I have found. Natalie Cole

I certainly don’t enjoy the fact that I now write so much about illness or particularly visual impairment. I don’t believe anybody wants to experience these things for t1hemselves. Yet if you do then you can help others who will go through the same by showing them the best way of coping and highlighting the things to avoid. That’s what I now do. Having already become a life coach and blogger I feel in a way it’s my destiny, the chosen path, to help people recover from poor health or losing a significant amount of vision. I really am motivated to show how it is possible to deal with what’s happened and to then move forward.

You face wide ranging challenges following ill health in order to return to your best possible health status.

Having faced a series of daunting health challenges myself my focus became to get back to being me again, someone that is fit and well, positive and excited about life once again. Looking years younger than my age and positively glowing with good health, my happiness obvious to everybody. That would be a far place from where I was at that point, drained of energy, constantly tired, 6 stone overweight and simply struggling. No one can say I don’t set for myself ‘huge’ goals.

In truth I had came through such a rough time, with what seemed like a never-ending cycle of crises, and although I don’t think I’ve ever uttered the words, ‘Why me?’ as I’ve never been one to feel sorry for myself or wallow in self-pity, I must admit I’ve often thought, ‘What else can possibly be around the corner?'”

Recuperating from an illness is a multifaceted task. All personal defences break down and the vulnerability to psychological and physical problems increases. Various kinds of negative feelings are experienced such as irritability, guilt, distrust, grief, anxiety, rage, fear, helpless etc. Such negative feelings influence our thoughts negatively. So to recover is not just a matter of the physical side, but the mental one as well.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

Here are some small but crucial steps you need to take:

1. Give Yourself Time
Be prepared to give yourself time to adjust and fully recover from your problems. It can be a long road and you have to be patient. Rushing back to normal can push you back making things far worse. There is a well known saying that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and nor will your full recovery be that quick. Take the time to let your body heal from the illness.

2. Get Plenty Of Rest
You must get plenty of rest. Your body needs charging and when recovering from ill health it is important to take as much time for resting up and recharging as you can. You will be tempted to throw yourself back fully into our normal activities but more often than not this will prove to be a big mistake. It will normally result in a setback as your body wasn’t ready for the level of exertions you put it through. Nothing slows the recuperation process like rushing back to being busy. Getting plenty of rest is probably the single most important factor to recuperating from an illness. Rest can include sleep as well as sitting and resting. Sleep is the time when your mind and body do a great deal of regeneration. Without sleep, your mental and physical processes suffer.

3. Start Getting Active
Don’t come completely lethargic. Although rest is important illness can make you feel lethargic, with no get up and go. It’s important that you do motivate yourself to once again begin doing things and certainly getting yourself out of bed. Even on your days off or days when you are not planning on doing a thing, you will find that getting up, moving around some, and changing positions around your home will help speed the recuperation process. It will also make the transition back to work and normal activities a little easier.

4. Slowly Begin Resuming Your Normal Activities
Slowly begin resuming your normal activities. As already mentioned don’t rush back into things. Add one thing at a time and do this for a week or so and see how you feel before you add another activity to your schedule. Once you resume your normal daily activities, it is important that you continue to get plenty of rest (both sleep and times of inactivity). Generally, your body will tell you when you need to rest.

5. Begin Exercising
Even though I’m telling you to be cautious and not rush in to things I am also telling you to begin exercising. My advice would be to begin walking. Start for 10 minutes and slowly but surely add 10 minute increments until you get up to about an hour of walking a day.

6. Eating Right, and Healthy
Hand in hand with exercising would be to adjust your diet so as to ensure you’re eating right, and healthily. One thing many of you will have done while unwell was to eat randomly, often badly. You’d miss out meals and eat stuff that could be made easily, bad foods.

7. Take Your Medications Consistently
You have to ensure you take your medications consistently. It is important for you to take those medicines prescribed by your doctor. We get complacent at times, thinking we are better than we are. My suggestion is keep taking your medication until your doctor tells you otherwise.

8. Stop Whining
It’s so easy to fall in the habit of moaning and groaning about how unwell you feel. The first step is to stop whining about your problems and how unwell you are feeling. Every time you talk about your illness, it weakens your strengths. It’s easy for your mind to become preoccupied with thoughts about your illness and future concerns. So make sure that you are not filling your mind with your pain and sorrow.

9. Start Building Your Positivity
You build your state of health every day through your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. It’s important to recognize and identify your thoughts and emotions, and to be aware of the impact they have on your body, behaviour, and relationships. Keep a check on your negative self talk and strive to bring positivity to the front of your mind.

Don’t give up when you feel discouraged, just pick yourself up and renew your determination each time and be the winner defeating stress. Senora Roy

Taking these small steps to pick yourself up after a period of bad health will help you with your recuperation.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.

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