Following a horse riding accident that left her paralysed from the chest down, Claire Lomas completed the London Marathon in 2011, and a 400 mile bike ride this year thanks to a lot of support and at times, putting on a brave face.
Feeling rubbish is the same whether it’s because of a big thing like a serious injury, or just a general part of life, but I have always found it’s important to make yourself get on and do things, even when you really don’t want to.
After my accident I allowed myself to have down days, but if I stayed at home and had too much thinking time then it becomes a downward spiral. In the early days after a spinal injury, start with the little things like going out for lunch. When you are feeling down, going out for lunch is a much bigger challenge than anyone might think, but it helps to break you out of that negative cycle.
Around 18 months after I had my accident I got a part time job, and although there were plenty of occasions when I would have rather stayed at home, there wasn’t one day that I didn’t go simply because I felt rubbish.
Also make sure you have things to look forward to, whether it’s a spa day or something else that you enjoy, everyone needs a treat every now and again!
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