We humans really like to know why things happen - especially when it is unexpected!
But sometimes asking “why” will just eat you up inside!
My patients are often fixated on figuring out their injuries... How did this happen?
Why did this happen?
What could they - should they- have done differently?
They tell the story over and over and beat themselves up for not being more careful!
It’s understandable to want to know the answers, but sometimes asking these questions just makes the problem worse!
First of all, there is not always an answer to the question “why?”. The fact of the matter is, if you don’t know how it happened by now, you probably never will. But that doesn’t matter! You are where you are, now what?
Second, and more important, focusing on the injury means you are not focused on your recovery.
Imagine this: your injury is to your left, your recovery is to the right. You can’t look both directions at once, which way are you gonna look?
Backwards to the left at what has already happened... or forward to the right at where you want to be?
It’s an important decision to make because where you focus is the direction you go!
Even if you are saying how much you do NOT like your injury, your focus is upon it.
Instead, focus upon what you want- recovery! Give that your undivided attention, tell only the story of your healing, and see how quickly you start moving towards it.
I hope this is helpful!
Always with love, Dr. Corinne