Welcome to the 17th edition of Weekend Wellness! Today I’m discussing steps to help recover from a setback, and I’ve got a Kale and Cabbage Cole Slaw recipe for you.
Setbacks happen. Sometimes they come at work, other times in a relationship. Whether you fall down in your finances, fitness, food, or fun, there are better ways than others to recover from a mishap. Use the ideas below to get back up and move forward whenever you get tripped up.
Healthy Recovery in Life
Life isn’t always fair, and complications are a regular part of life. Unless you’re perfect and let’s face it no one is, you’ll encounter setbacks throughout just about every stage of life. Maybe your career doesn’t go as planned, or your significant other doesn’t want to marry you. Perhaps you failed to finish a project or were injured training for a marathon.
You’ll encounter setbacks that are small, and you’ll recover quickly and move forward again. A few will feel crushing, and you may struggle to breathe, let alone bounce right back. Many will fall in between. When recovering from any upset, it’s important to recognize them for what they are first, learning experiences, and then rise back up soon, so you don’t stay knocked down.
For any good structure or system, a solid foundation is a must. And a solid recovery plan is no different. Having a firm foundation of sound financial, physical, and social health before the so-called event will aid you greatly in recovering when situations happen. The healthier you are, the more difficult it is to knock you down. It will also be easier to recover and adjust when you are sound in these areas.
Eating healthfully, staying active with quality exercise, and getting plenty of sleep builds a healthy physical foundation. Knowing where your money goes, spending less than you earn, and having an emergency fund, will help provide a healthy financial foundation. A sound support system of family, friends, mentors or coaches, will help you keep priorities in perspective and offer comfort, help, and a nudge or good kick in the ass if you need it.
Recover From A Setback By:
Identifying It and the Lessons Involved
It’s OK to feel any negative emotions that arise from a setback but don’t let them linger. Avoiding any feelings of disappointment, hurt, anger, or frustration doesn’t make them go away, but wallowing in them won’t make you feel any better. And indeed, don’t place any blame on yourself or others. Instead, take some time to process what went wrong and why, and strive to find the lesson within. Turn to others to help you with this process if you find it difficult on your own.
Leaning on Your Foundation
Now is not the time to eat junk food, stay in bed all day, or party all night trying to drown your sorrows. Nor is it the time to recklessly spend money because you deserve it after having your heart broke or abandon all your friends in favor of Xbox. Stick to all your health routines – physical, financial, and social.
Changing How You Perceive It
Days, weeks, or years down the road many setbacks will likely be remembered as major turning points or lessons learned in life. So why not start looking at them that way now? It may not be easy, but changing your mindset is valuable. The sooner you can do that, the sooner you’ll be accomplishing major wins in life.
Developing or Improving Your Systems
If something went wrong, devise a system that will get you back on track, or make refinements to an existing system if it contributed to your derailment. Perhaps you need to create a budget and financial tracking system, or you need to tweak your exercise and recovery routine. Look to others close to you or virtually if you need assistance, advice, or feedback, from trusted sources to develop a healthy system.
Take a single step or a giant leap but move forward. After acknowledging any negative emotions associated with a setback you eventually need to cleanse yourself of them. Again turn to your support system if you need an accountability partner.
Continually Learning and Teach
Reflecting back on setbacks can help you grow, provided you don’t wallow in blame or regret. By asking yourself what you learned, you could keep your mind growing, allowing you to tweak your systems and help prevent a reoccurring setback. Teaching others or even just yourself from those lessons learned allows you to expand even further.
You can use these steps to recover from a setback big or small. When you have a blow to your monthly finances, or you lose out on a promotion at work. When you injure yourself training for a fitness event or fall short of the finish line. Even when you over indulge in dessert and craft beer, or completely derail your nutrition plan. It can even work when your expected fun blind date turns into an ‘I’m sorry I met you’ affair. Recover after a setback healthily with these steps to rise above it and move forward.
Here are a couple of articles and a podcast I’ve recently enjoyed, I hope you will too!
Why More Self-Love Can Mean Greater Financial Success – JessicaMoorhouse.com
The Painful Truth About Your Emergency Fund – TheSimpleDollar.com
Episode 6 – Improve Your Mindset & Stay Focused on Your Financial Journey – JourneyToLaunch.com
What helps you recover after a setback in life? Do you have a solid physical, financial, and social foundation to help you recover from a knockdown? Let us know in the comments.
Have a great weekend and be well!
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Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw
6 - 8 servings
- 6 or so large kale leaves, removed from stems and sliced thinly
- 3 cups thinly shredded cabbage, green or napa works well
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
- 2 to 3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Soften the kale by rubbing lightly with your hands using a bit of olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well.
Serve as a delicious part of any meal.
For a vinegarette style dressing use:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
Note: This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is provided to educate you about nutrition, exercise, and personal finance, and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not legal, medical, or financial advice. This information is to be used at your own risk-based on your own judgment. For my full Disclaimer, please view here.