The title of this post is somewhat of a misnomer. It should read something closer to, "How to have balance in you life, so that when you are injured, you don't go crazy." Because lets face it, with mountain biking, its not if you get injured, but when. In my case, I've been real lucky. Most of my wrecks have left me with very short stints off the bike. This season (knock on wood) has been fairly benign. Just a discolored, sausage-shaped brake finger.
Despite the x-ray's finding of a "2nd digit proximal interphalageal intrarticular avulsion fracture," the finger didn't really seem to bug me riding. So I went ahead and kept riding. And shredding. And racing. And squeezing my craptastic brakes for all my broken-brake finger was worth. A week later, in fact, I was off to race the BME in Snowmass. This probably wasn't the wisest of choices I've ever made. But it makes sense why the finger hasn't seemed to have gotten much better, now more than 2 months later. I'm sure I'm well on my way to permanent arthritis at this point.
Its probably a good idea to have a surplus of activities that don't involve being active so that when the bell tolls, I won't go completely bat-$h*t crazy from lack of stimulation. Hopefully.
So maybe I'm guilty of having too many hobbies, or maybe I'm just well prepared for the inevitable. Either way you look at it, my finger is looking forward to the off-season.