A Yogi's Guide To Getting Punched In The Face

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That's right, even yogis get punched in the face. Ok, this calls for a little show and tell time. I got punched in the face with the rail of my surfboard late last week. And you thought I was just being a yogic jerk, and picking fights around town, huh? Nope, I was surfing. And yeah, it kind of hurt. Fortunately, I passed my emergency checklists with flying colors: 

- Stayed conscious...check.
- Teeth intact...check.
- Jaw in place and unbroken...pretty sure check.
- Not bleeding...check.

What to do next? Paddle back out of course. But alas, despite the glassy, waist-high, empty conditions for which I had been pining for weeks, my paddle back out lasted only two more waves. Slightly nauseous and shaky in the legs with a throbbing jaw, I knew I needed to go in. I was extra grateful that my lovely husband was with me and saw to it that I got all the proper first aid I wanted. 

As I powered through the rest of my regularly-scheduled work day, though, it became apparent to me that the blow hadn't stopped at my jaw. Experiencing classic symptoms of a mild concussion (fatigue, slow thinking, difficulty concentrating, irritability, fogginess, etc.), I soon realized that the bump on my face would be the least of my recovery focus. The best thing for a mild ringing of one's bell? Sleep and rest, of course. And that means rest from both physical and cognitive activity: screens, reading, socializing, housework, driving, etc, etc. Needless to say I find this very challenging, and am not the best patient at following such guidelines. I'm trying...sort of. For more about mild concussions, or TBI, check out this very informative post here.

Nevertheless, lucky gal as I am, I'm feeling much better already and succeeding at least a little in taking it slower than usual. So, this week, I'm sharing with you my yogi's guide to getting punched in the face and recovering gracefully in 3 easy steps. I hope you find these practices as helpful as I am at the moment. Stay safe out there, folks!

Step 1: Breathe

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