If you're injured too, here's some helpful stuff I read about the mental game of getting over your injury:
Time on the Injured List is Inevitable: How We Survive It is a Choice, by Valerie Worthington
Before too long, however, I got over myself and realized the only way out was through. So, as I said, I grudgingly decided to take my own advice and just live in the moment, the gimpy, ACE-bandaged moment. And while as of this writing, I am grateful to be back on the mat (not training live, but drilling carefully, with a prognosis of back to normal in two to four weeks provided I don’t do anything stupid), I am happy to report I actually worked hard to enjoy the two weeks I spent on the injured list.
The Burnout Blues: How Breaks Can Re-Inspire Athletes, by Abi Reiland
We can’t all expect to participate in a lifetime of serious sport participation. There are those people in the world that simply will not rest (my husband being one of them), but the more sane people of the CrossFit family will need a little off-season every now and again to regain their vigor. Shame should never be associated with an individuals attempt at revitalizing their mind and body. So after a long stretch of working out, and a nagging lack of passion, acknowledge your burnout blues with a healthy hiatus. It might be just what you need to get where you want to be.
Seeing Starting Over as an Opportunity, by Becca Borawski Jenkins
I never gave myself credit for having a “good” week because I was using my old self as a yardstick. Even on a good week, where my body wasn’t in pain and I exercised three or four times, what I heard in my head was that I wasn’t in rowing competition shape, I wasn’t in CrossFit competition shape, and I wasn’t coming home with bruises from muay Thai. I was stuck in thinking those old measurements still applied, even though everything else in my life (including my priorities) had changed.
That’s a recipe for feeling miserable about yourself. I can attest to that.
So, as I continue my journey to get “back in shape” I’ve decided my intention is to be generous with myself – to give myself credit where credit is due. I’m not going to require myself to be the focused, goal-oriented, strategy-over-friendship athlete I once was. I don’t even want those old goals anymore. Instead I’m working on being a writer, a coach, and a truly fit and healthy person on all levels.
Recovery, by me - what I wrote when I tore my Plantaris in 2014.
If you're struggling with a physical injury, please remember to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally too. Most of the really annoying part of injury is what happens to our brains and hearts when we're kept from activity we love. Take care of yourself. <3