If you have been ill, or you’re recovering from an operation, then you will still be feeling pretty weak. The human body is designed to make you take it easy when it needs to heal, so you’ll be spending plenty of time in bed or on the sofa. It’s a frustrating time, because all that your mind wants to do is climb back onto life’s saddle and start living again! But it’s important that you take it slowly, as if you race to get back to the activities you used to enjoy you may find you slow your healing process up. There are things that you can do to make the healing process as swift as possible while not putting yourself at any risk. Here are some of our ideas to help you feel better more quickly:


Positive Thinking


Positive thinking has been linked with results for a long time. The more optimistic about your progress you are, the more quickly your body will start to believe it. Don’t let negative thoughts take your mind over – if you spot them coming in then turn them around to make positive thoughts quickly before they become circular and destructive. Set yourself small, achievable objectives every day – the positivity in achieving goals will really spur you on. Visualisation is great to do too – imagine yourself healthy and better and you will be there more quickly than you realise.


Gentle Exercise

Depending on what sort of illness or operation you have had, some gentle exercise may well help you. Before you start, check with your doctor to make sure that he or she thinks it is suitable for you. We are not talking marathon-running here okay?! We’re just suggesting you get a treadmill, a rowing machine or a cross trainer installed in your home so that you can take gentle strolls and perhaps the odd jog if you’re up to it. Swimming is also very good at healing, and you can sometimes find special restorative aqua-yoga classes at local pools.


Change Your Eating Habits


Food has long been associated with healing, health and vitality, so it’s about time you reviewed your diet. Are you eating enough vegetables and fruit? Are you getting plenty of Omega 3 (found in oily fish)? What about vitamins and minerals? Raw food is great for providing buzzing enzymes that whiz around your body, healing it as it goes. Drink loads of water and limit your alcohol intake.

So what’s the final thing we are going to suggest? Sleep of course! You may not feel like you need it, but sleep is the very best thing you can do to help heal your body. So accept the fact that you are still healing and feel free to snooze away whenever you feel like it. You are not being lazy; you are helping yourself get better. Use the time you have off work to sleep as much as possible. This is the single most important thing you can do to speed up the recovery and healing process. Get better soon!


Today’s featured contributor, Stephen Cole is a gym trainer and a fitness expert. He is a frequent blogger and likes to share his knowledge about home gym equipment. His interest in fitness started at an early age, after he was selected for his school’s football team.