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What you want isn’t always what you need

30th May 2022

When it comes to recovering from injury or improving our mental or physical health, we have to focus on what we need, rather than what we want.

Of course, a little of what you fancy does you no harm. But often making positive changes requires hard work and consistency over a long period of time.

Endless duvet days, Netflix binges, nutritionally poor choices will not make things better in the long run.

It would be lovely if a therapist could click their fingers and magic symptoms away, but it doesn’t work that way.

My sleep has been awful for a week for a heap of reasons. Consequently I missed a couple of training sessions, which in turn made me feel more awful. When you are tired you produce more Ghrelin (hunger hormone) so your appetite increases and it’s easier to make poor food choices, which again makes you feel crap and so the cycle begins.

It took all my willpower to get up at 6am to go to the gym this morning but do I feel better for it? Yes.

Can I be arsed to chop veg to make soup for tea? Nope.

Will I do it anyway? Yep!

It’s the same with therapy.

Will you be motivated to do your exercises all the time? No.

Will you get stronger or improve movement without consistently doing rehab? Also no.

So find people to keep you accountable, schedule things in your diary, plan ahead with food prep and batch cook for busy/tired times, work on your sleep hygiene, go to therapy etc.

Whilst all the fluffy spa days and hot chocolates are nice.

Sometimes, you have to just do the work

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