Recovery Mode + Homeostasis
| The Body Book | Amanda Kriebel DPT, E-RYT
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 from recovering your computer files, or recovering your home through an unexpected remodel after an 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 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 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? And 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.
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 as a Super Bowl win 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 backcountry Whistler March 2017, he faced a massive recovery. His injuries were extensive and life-threatening. His snowboarding career a question Mark. Yet, he rose up. He endured. He got back on his snowboard five months later after intense rehabilitation to then 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!
*** Optional if you would like to include the link to his movie (which I appear in!!) J
Watch Mark's story in his new (Oscar worthy) movie: UNBROKEN
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.
Magnify your recovery and resilience with these five steps to return to health for everyday life management. Re-route to recovery right now:
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 or 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. J
Recovery and resilience is in the air!
Amanda Kriebel DPT, E-RYT
“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