A journal is a great tool to track progress and hold yourself accountable to certain tasks and actions — and that’s true for physical therapy as well! Journaling can help physical therapy patients on their journey toward recovery in a variety of ways, a few of which are listed below. KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING. When you journal about your PT goals, think of them as blueprints. The house isn’t built yet, but your goals and the means you use to get there (namely, your daily stretches and exercises) let you know it’s possible. Keeping track of your PT goals in a journal is a means to hold yourself accountable to the recovery process you’ve begun. It’s a means to boost your self-discipline. SEE WHERE YOU’VE BEEN. Journaling doesn’t just lead you to look forward, however — it allows you to look back and see where you’ve been. Oftentimes, especially when you’re recovering from an injury, progress can be hard to detect. However, if you journal your progress each day, it becomes immediately apparent just how far you’ve come, boosting your self-confidence. KEEPING A JOURNAL How It Can Help You on Your PT Journey
LOWER YOUR STRESS. We all lead busy lives. Throw in an injury and an exercise regimen to help it heal, and it can be enough to make you think taking care of your daily responsibilities is impossible — and that inevitably leads to stress. However, if you journal out your exercises and use it to keep a schedule of your exercises, appointments, and other responsibilities, you can go to bed every night stress-free, knowing the next day doesn’t hold any unwelcome surprises. The at-home exercises we give our patients are to help them make a full recovery as quickly as possible. For more information on scheduling an appointment with Campus Commons PT, visit our website at CampusCommonsPhysicalTherapy.com or call us to request an appointment.
TAKE A BREAK
Spring Vegetable and Chicken Pasta Bake
Inspired by TheSeasonedMom.com
Celebrate spring with this easy, tasty, herb-packed pasta bake.
1 cup cooked chicken, diced 1 14-oz can artichokes, drained and quartered 1 cup fresh asparagus pieces
1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped and divided 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
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1/2 cup carrots, grated 1 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
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2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1. Preheat oven to 425 F and grease an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. 2. In the prepared dish, stir together cooked chicken, artichokes, asparagus, carrots, uncooked pasta, chicken broth, half the chives, half the parsley, garlic, salt, and 2 tbsp Parmesan. 3. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes. 4. Uncover and stir. At this point, check the pasta to make sure it is al dente. If it’s undercooked, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is tender. 5. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining Parmesan, chives, and parsley.
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