Starting Over: Bouncing back from trauma to your body and mind

TDB Fitness Newsletter 9/26/2021

Experiencing physical or mental trauma can change everything. Oftentimes when this happens, the best choice for us is to slow down and restructure. This can be frustrating when you’re working on your fitness goals! See the trainer’s tips this week for why starting over might be the best choice.

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Tip of the week:

Starting Over

As many of you know, Renea is still recovering from Covid-19. Even fully vaccinated, the virus changed her body in hopefully temporary, albeit lasting, ways. She has lost weight, lung capacity, endurance, energy, and strength since getting sick at the beginning of September.

This process has been traumatizing for Renea’s mind and body. Everything feels different now. A common way humans cope with traumas like this is to compare ourselves to our past performances, and force ourselves to “get back to normal” as quickly as possible.

However, wanting to get back to normal, and being able to — are two different things. The reality is, no matter how bad you want it, you cannot speed up recovery. And attempting to do so often makes the trauma worse, and the consequences even longer lasting.

The idea of starting over from scratch on your fitness journey can be daunting. However, sometimes it’s necessary, and that’s okay. If you’ve found yourself in the position of starting over, here’s some things to keep in mind:

  • You only get one body. It is easy to be hard on your body when it isn’t feeling or looking the way you want it to. However, negative self talk actually makes it less likely you’ll recover the way you want. You can choose to be kind to your body instead, and grateful for the health you have. A more positive approach actually makes it easier to get back into your fitness routine!
  • Your brain needs to recover too. Trauma impacts your brain just as much as it does your body. And your brain is a muscle that needs to recover, just like all the others. It is ok to grieve; or feel emotions like anger, denial, depression, etc… Be kind to yourself, and seek mental health support from loved ones or a therapist!
  • Do some restructuring. It’s frustrating, but literally allow yourself to start over. A common mistake is jumping back into fitness at the level you were pre-trauma. This is a bad idea. Frankly, it’s dangerous and can result in injury. Instead of comparing yourself to pre-trauma condition, rewrite your goals completely. Get to know your body, where it’s at now. Practice radical acceptance. Set new goals based on what you ARE capable of, and where you would like to go.

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Renea’s a really good person to talk to — it’s part of what made her an effective middle school teacher. She’s good at listening, asking pointed questions, and giving gentle feedback.

Have something you need to get off your chest? You now have the opportunity to Spill the Tea With Renea… Watch our social media this week, and you’ll learn how to take advantage of one on one vent sessions with Renea.


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