Some of these ridiculous things said to people are kind of funny and some are plain wrong.
Humour (for example jokes or light teasing where everyone knows that whatever is said is in a loving way) is one thing that can help us all deal with the challenges in our lives. It can build connection and strengthen relationships.
According to Tasha Eurich, an organisational psychologist, “When we laugh, our bodies release endorphins and dopamine, nature’s feel-good chemicals. The result? We can better cope with stress, find hope, and see problems in new ways“.
Some of these ridiculous things, said flippantly to someone who’s really struggling, can have the opposite effect and be remembered for months, years or even a lifetime. No one should make sexist (or other discriminatory) comments. And telling someone they are being lazy or should not aspire to getting back to sport is rude and judgemental.
What has someone said to you? Did you find it funny or did you not like it? Comment below, I’d love to see.
If you’re not injured but know someone who is, ask them how they’re doing today and how you can help them. Can you offer to take them out to do something fun like see a movie or go to a park where dogs play?
They’ll probably appreciate your genuine empathy. And if they don’t respond or can’t accept your help right now (as many people often feel bad asking for help), let them know you’re there for them. Check back in again a few days later.
And if you think they are having a hard time, tell them about us here at Recover from Injury.
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