“I’ve experienced a lot of desperation and self-doubt, but in a way, I’ve come full circle. I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.” ~ Amy Schumer
Raise your hand if you are in RECOVERY MODE.
Recovery mode has many forms. From a hard work out, to a late night out on the town, a long flight, the flu, recovering your computer files, or recovering your home through an unexpected remodel after a water leak (yep, that’s me), to deeper recovery wounds like a loss of a loved one, or recovering from an addiction. The list goes on. We are recovering all the time in varying degrees of intensity and we are even in recovery mode from the daily demands of the organized chaos of life.
What does recovery mean?
• To endure
• To generate support through the discomfort
• To return to normal state of health, mind, body and spirit
• The process of regaining something
• To restore to a better condition
• To recuperate
• To rehabilitate
• To right oneself after a mishap
• To get back up
• To rise up
Isn’t that more than you originally thought when you think of recovery?
Our human bodies are re-calibrating continually to recover back to a healthy state. In scientific terminology it’s called HOMEOSTASIS. Our finely tuned physiology is perpetually dedicated to regulate and maintain healthy parameters. This constant equilibrium mechanism drives core temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, pH level in the bloodstream, blood glucose, fluid balance, energy balance, the neuroendocrine system, iron levels and more, so you function optimally.
Recovering back to HEALTH is the goal. There are so many definitions of health. What does it mean to you, right now? Because it is dynamic. It may resonate as something different to you tomorrow, next year, or in 10 years. Health has life. It fluctuates with the phases of life and within our lifestyle.
RECOVERY in action
My beloved football team, The Philadelphia Eagles, sustained multiple recoveries to comeback this season for their best season ever. From a long list of injuries, with a second string quarterback, to being the underdogs, the Eagles continued to rise up and are the definition of the word resilience. I feel just as happy with a Super Bowl win as I do when any of my patients recover and achieve their personal goals.
This past year, one of my patients, professional snowboarder Mark McMorris, lived through the ultimate tale of recovery and resilience. After nearly dying in a snowboarding accident in backcountry Whistler in March 2017, he faced a massive recovery. His injuries were extensive and life-threatening. His snowboarding career was a question Mark. Yet, he rose up. He endured. He got back on his snowboard five months later after intense rehabilitation. He went on to have an incredible season, winning two golds in China, a bronze at the X Games Aspen, a bronze at the PyeongChang Olympics, and a gold at the US Open Vail. What a year! Recovery in action!
You can watch Mark’s story in his new movie, UNBROKEN. (I’m in it!)
sharing our recovery
Inspiring stories of recovery and resilience are like pure, genuine hugs. They make us feel human. They remind us we are not alone. Recovery mode is a vulnerable and tender experience that may force you to change your original course. Like remodeling your house. Or remodeling your life.
re-route to recovery
Magnify your recovery and resilience with these five steps:
1. FEEL: What sensations physically and emotionally are you feeling right now? Recognize them. Be aware of them. What are they telling you?
2. GRATITUDE: Slow down for a minute and say or write one thing you are grateful for, in this moment.
3. MOVE: Stand up and do 10 jumping jacks or 10 push-ups. Dance to your favorite song.
4. BREATHE: Two minutes of mindful, thoughtful breaths.
5. LAUGH: I just finished Amy Schumer’s book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. It’s hilarious and unexpectedly meaningful! Find laughter through funny YouTube videos, usually pets or pandas are a good start. Or phone a friend to brighten each other’s day.
Recovery and resilience is in the air!
Amanda Kriebel DPT, E-RYT
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Affectionately described by many as an innovative holistic Doctor of Physical Therapy, Health Stylist and Yoga Teacher, AMANDA KRIEBEL treats patients with creative movement philosophies, specific manual techniques and breathwork to optimize your goals. This powerful collaboration of therapeutic tools plus her positive and caring nature inspires access to the tenderness and vulnerability that injuries reveal. Amanda offers a fresh approach to defining what health means to you in order to investigate where true healing lives. She helps you navigate your therapeutic journey to balance the elements of being human.