The hardest thing in the world for an athlete (or any active person, really) is to rest when we are injured.
I hurt my knee a little over 3 weeks ago. I'm not really sure when or what happened, but I know that it made me limp and resort to taking anti-inflammatory meds. Yes, I still used my oils but nothing was taking away that deep down, throbbing pain.
I scaled workouts. I even did some as prescribed, even if there were squats. I pushed through the pain. Not smart. At all.
The Friday before the wedding, the workout once again had front squats and jerks (a movement that I think originally contributed to my problem). Yet, I did it. At the prescribed weight. And then I did heavy back squats.
I was achy afterwards but it wasn't terrible.
And then comes wedding day. I wore wedges, which aren't technically heels, but they still put a lot of pressure on my knee. And the dancing around on a wet dance floor, where I slipped and slid around on my bare feet, didn't help.
Sunday morning. Holy knee pain. It was throbbing something fierce and I didn't even want to put pressure on it. Needless to say, I didn't workout Monday, only did upper body stuff on Tuesday and took Wednesday and Thursday off.
It's the hardest thing for me to do...sit back while everyone else is working out. But it's also one of the most necessary things when your body is injured.
I've been icing, using my oils, and taking an anti-inflammatory. I am actually now able to walk without a limp and that throbbing pain is no longer a constant!!
I finally worked out on Friday, scaled. I am still taking it easy and allowing my body to fully heal. Which, let's be real, was needed 3 weeks ago. Ugh.
When you think about it, this same philosophy can be applied to many areas in life. Sometimes we go charging full-speed ahead into situations and circumstances, only to shake our heads and question our intentions later. Sometimes the best thing to do is sit back, wait and watch, before making big life decisions.
It's not quite the same in that with injuries, we are allowing our bodies to heal, while in life decisions, we are using that pause, so to speak, to learn all the facts and information we need to make the best, most informed decision.
Sometimes humbling ourselves and being patience really is the best thing for us.
How often has rushing into something bit you in the behind? I know I've done it, time and again. Sure, they make for excellent life and learning experiences, but how much easier would it have been to wait, watch, and learn before jumping in?
I hope you all are being patient in life, embracing where you are today, in this moment, and allowing your body and mind to heal and make the best decisions possible.
Have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,