Recovering from illness or injury can sometimes be a long process— one that is often stressful mentally, emotionally, and physically. This can make it difficult to get through recovery and, in some cases, may prolong it. This is because stress can interrupt the body’s ability to perform various functions. We’ve created this guide with useful tips to keep morale high during a long recovery.

Get some rest

It may sound cliché, but getting enough rest during recovery is essential. This doesn’t just mean getting enough sleep or staying off your feet. To get a recuperative, healing rest, you need to calm your mind too. When sleeping, your body is able to better heal and repair itself. If you add stress into the mix, this can be interrupted.

Try incorporating relaxation techniques into your daily routine. This could be taking breaks for mindfulness or meditation, spending time outside, or listening to relaxing music. You may even have your own unique practices that help relax you.

Eat a healthy diet

They say “Happiness is a full belly.” Well, they may be right. Eating a healthy diet is essential to recovery because it provides your body with nutrients needed for healing. However, good nutrition is also important for stress management. About 90% of the body’s serotonin is actually found in the gut, not the brain. Ever been “hangry?” This might be why.

Try eating a wholesome, well-balanced diet that includes lean meats and produce. Many of the nutrients found in food are needed for bodily repair. Some even aid the body in absorbing and using other nutrients. For example, your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. We recommend consulting your doctor before starting a nutrition plan or diet.

Talk about it

Sometimes, you just have to let it all out. Recovery is stressful, but you don’t ever have to do it alone. Whether it’s family, your nurses, or your doctors, they all care about your health. If you have concerns, reach out and become more proactive in your recovery. Sometimes, stress during recovery can be caused by feeling a lack of control. Take back control by actively attending and coordinating meetings with your care team and following a recovery plan.

You can also try creating goals for your recovery to help motivate you. Humans, by nature, are task oriented. During recovery, you may not be able to work or engage in your typical responsibilities or routines. Think of your health and recovery as your new job or responsibility. If you find your mental and emotional health is suffering, we encourage you to contact your doctor or speak to a mental health professional.

At Acuity, our goal is to provide exceptional treatments and reliable information for our patients and surrounding communities. We encourage you to speak with your doctor if you find your symptoms or conditions worsening. From the Acuity Family, we wish you good health and a speedy recovery.