Health is a deeply cherished but often abused asset to all of us. No one likes feeling sick and whenever we do break down all we can think about is getting better.
Doctors have their roles to play in our recovery process, but to leave it totally to the professionals is foolhardy. There are commonsense steps any patient can take to quicken full recovery. These are a few of them.
1. Visualize a Healthy You
To some it is called Creative Visualization, to others Guided Imagery, and to yet some others, Faith. Whatever the term used, the mind is clearly a powerful tool that when used properly with other therapies can help deal with pain, stress and can speed up recovery.
Staying grumpy and pessimistic about your being ill will keep you ill much longer. The mind-body connection has been explored by medical professionals, used by athletes, preached by religions and utilized by businesses over the centuries.
Though it is yet to be fully decoded, the impact of the mind on the body is undeniable and there is no reason why you cannot use it to your advantage. Have some faith!
2. Speed up Your Recovery With Good Diet
Whether you have just had a surgery or are recovering from a sports related injury, what you eat and how you eat can stall or fasten up the process of recovery. This is most important especially if you are dealing with pain. Yes, you can eat to beat pain. You just need to make certain tweaks to your diet to help your body more resistant to pain, and reduce your feelings of discomfort.
Proteins gotten from lean meats aid in repairing muscles where there has been surgery or some muscle damage. Beans are rich in iron and effective in replacing blood cells to hasten the recovery process.
Vegetables and mushrooms are very good in that they supply an abundance of vitamin D, which promotes bone healing. Citrus fruits are also very helpful in detoxifying the body and in repairing collagen and soft tissues.
3. Take Lots of Water, but Avoid Alcohol
Water is critical to maintaining hydration. This helps minimize feelings of nausea, fatigue, and light headedness.
Alcohol is a diuretic. This means it stimulates the body to get rid of fluid. In others word, you're losing more water than you're taking in.
To recover quickly you need more fluids to stay hydrated not less fluids. Fluids in the system help produce energy needed for recovery. Alcohol on the other hand undergoes a complex process to be broken down by the body which takes away the energy needed for recovery.
No! Alcohol is not the best way to deal with the pain.
4. Don't Skip your Medication and Doctor's Appointments
Your recovery needs to be monitored to be permanent or we may carry on with the illness just lying low and ready to spring up again.
One of the deepest concerns among professionals is non adherence to medication by patients and this is one chief reason for slow recovery. Many patients find it undesirable or difficult to stick to their medication as prescribed especially when they are alone.
Patients can take advantage of house nurses or other customized resources and solutions from bodies and health companies which provide medication adherence solutions. Whatever methods the patient adapts, he should strive to recover by using medication properly.
5. Ensure You Take a Lot of Rest
It is ill advised to jump right back on the work train simply because you have been discharged. Give your body some time to recharge and replace cells. Take a doctor's report to your employer if necessary, but make sure you get a sick leave. If you are an entrepreneur, then you should effectively delegate your duties to your subordinates and take a break.
Rest and sleep are the most powerful natural therapies for recovery. When you nod off, it seems like your body powers down for the night. But as you sleep, your body actually repairs and restores itself.
Rest is not sleep alone, but every time you spend not working or tasking your body. Rest enables the body to utilize all the energy towards recovery.
6. Don't Stay Alone, Get Some Friends and Family
It is very common to come across grumpy and lonely recovering patients. It is these ones that find it difficult to adhere to medication and to eat the proper diet.
In all fairness recovering from certain illnesses can be tiring or depressing and sometimes we just plain forget to do what we should.
This is why you need someone around u, a maid or a nurse may do the job, but a friend or a family member will not just work, but keep you company which has a positive effect on your mind, your happiness and consequently your recovery.
7. Get Out of the House Sometime... Get Some Air
While this may seem not to have a medically verifiable connection to recovery; visiting with friends when you can or taking a stroll to the park and catching some fresh air can affect the state of your mind.
It can take your mind off the illness and off the weakness, it can be a good stretcher for a body that has been lying in bed and it can lighten your spirits which can work wonders on your body.
In the end there are a number of commonsense ways to get out of that bed as quickly as possible and it costs you little to nothing. As a patient, please learn to meet the doctors halfway in their recovery process.
Here's to speedy recovery!