Right now this rings so true with me, so I thought I would share with you.
If you're active, you will succumb to an injury.
But it's not an injury.
It's a setback. And a temporary one at that.
If you pull a hamstring, you need to let it heal. But you also need to not let the physical setback hold you back mentally - and that's just as hard. If you're reading this, you're active.
You get out and move everyday. But sometimes, if you can't do that, you go stir crazy. You however can minimize these physical and mental setbacks.
Try these tips:
Work to your ability - If you have a tweaked out knee, and can't run, hop on the rower, jump in the pool, or get on a ski-erg. Get creative. If you have a shoulder injury, limit your push/pull work, and work on your legs and cardio.
Don't let an injury control you - sounds easy, but don't let a minor setback alter your progress or resolve. Use it as fuel. If that lower back injury is creeping back, rest it, but take the time to work on your breath practice, or some other movement which doesn't aggravate it!
Keep your mind active, as well as your body - if you can't get out there and get after it as hard as your used to while you repair - pick up a book and train your mind. We've reviewed plenty for you to check out!
Be honest with yourself - check your ego, and don't tell yourself you're not hurt when you are. Short term - yes, you will crush that workout today. Long term - you might tweak out something that will take weeks, months, or years to heal because you didn't know how to back off.