It was 3am and in the dark, the toes on my right foot had met the wooden leg of the chair in my bedroom.
It hurt instantly.
I hobbled back to bed and rested my foot, hoping it would be alright when I woke up a few hours later.
Unfortunately, when I woke up, it still hurt and one toe was now sporting a lovely purple coloured bruise.
Sadly for me, I have been in this situation before. Too many times in fact. Note to self: I really must learn to give that chair a much wider berth.
This means that I know I must listen to the needs of my body and must rest the injured toes to help them to recover
This awareness comes from bitter experience. One of the first times toes and chair made contact, I just carried on as if nothing had happened.
When toes were still painful several days later, I finally consulted medical help. An ice pack and elevating my foot to give it some all important rest was suggested.
I did both and do you know what, it worked.
Now when I bash my toes, I know I have to rest them.
When it happened to me the other day, I had a lot on. Lets face it, these things never happened when it is convenient do they? I didn’t really want to take the time out, but I knew I had to. I had to sacrifice a bit of my schedule to put my foot up on the sofa and rest.
So I did and I definitely saw the benefits of it in the following days.
Taking the time out to rest really does help us get back to our best more quickly.
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