⚠️So I received a great DM topic that I thought would be a solid story to share on a post - how I overcame a "mental blow" after falling into a sustained injury, and how I found a belief to carry in order to plow through this period of recovery. Story time.
5 years ago, I started getting workout induced migraines - I'd have intense, sharp headaches in the gym that would be so bad, I'd have to stop working out and would just lay in bed for hours and hours each day. It got to a point where I went to a doctor for a diagnosis, of which they came back with "workout induced migraines". Their solution was for me to stop working out as intensely for the rest of my life, and additionally take beta blockers.
I didn't like that diagnosis or those treatment options. So I took it upon myself to do some research and find some sort of solution - I ultimately stopped weightlifting for 1 month, and switched entirely to 3-5 mile runs and body weight exercises. In the meantime, I did my homework and found that the headaches were a result of me holding my breath when going down on heavy squats - as soon as I fixed my breathing, the headaches disappeared shortly after. And if you've seen me in the gym, you'll notice I make a sharp, "whistling" noise when I exhale sometimes. This is to combat those workout induced migraines I used to have.
That month of uncertainty was mentally disorienting - it sucked, but in my head I saw it as some sort of challenge or obstacle to overcome. And most importantly, I tuned out whatever was happening in the "outside world". I focused on making small, daily improvements. Making changes. Being proactive. And trying to be as present as possible - only comparing progress one day at a time rather than thinking about how my training was prior to the injury.
If you've made it this far in the caption, dope 👍. Got a workout injury / recovery story you want to share? Let's hear it - maybe it'll help someone.
Everyone's going through something y'all - crush your day. @trancewu0317
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