After an accident, no matter how big or small, many people find that their confidence in themselves is gone. Not only that, but dealing with pain, or the loss of use or arms or legs while in plaster can really make life more difficult. However, there are plenty of things you can do for yourself during your recovery, with these post-injury self-care tips.
It is so easy to be hard on yourself or blame yourself for something that wasn’t your fault. So it doesn’t matter if it was a car accident, a trip, or slipping in the bath. Try to remember that accidents do happen, and be kind to yourself. Try not to lay blame at your door, and give yourself credit for the little things. Such a simple thing will help lift your spirits, and with it, your self-esteem will get a boost too.
No one knows how long something will take to recover from. And it is essential that you don’t rush yourself to meet the expectations of others. While some people may seem incredibly resilient, others aren’t – and neither of those things is something to be ashamed of.
If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then put experience on your side with the right lawyer. As your friends and family to help you run errands. Talk to your doctor about support outside of painkillers and medical help.
Support groups are also a great way to find people who understand what you are going through and are in a great position to give you support – and you can give it back to them too.
Try not to force yourself back into action. While there is only so much time we can take off work, making the most of that time and resting properly is going to help you heal better. Listen to your body and if you are in pain, or you start to feel depressed or stressed, then seek help, and double down on that rest.
If you are struggling to sleep or relax due to the accident, then you can try listening to a sleep story on the Calm app, or meditation with Headspace.
Separate from sleeping, you can finally fit in some of those things that you enjoy but don’t always have time for. There are plenty of boxsets and great movies on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, and more. Ask a friend to lend you some books that they have really enjoyed too.
This is an excellent opportunity to use the time to destress before you have to head back to your normal day-to-day life.
Sometimes injuries and illnesses can be lifechanging, and that takes time to be able to process. It can often help when people write down their thoughts and feelings so that they can be processed. Keep a notebook by your bed so that you can write the first time in the morning and the last thing at night. This will also help you see the progress you are making.
Take it easy, and let yourself recover at your own pace.
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