When you’ve been involved in an accident, or you’ve sustained injuries, it can take time to get your head around what has happened and start thinking about moving forward. If you’re finding it tough to look to the future, or you’re struggling to cope, here are some proactive steps you can take.
It’s perfectly natural to experience a whole host of emotions when an injury knocks you off balance. If you’re feeling angry, frustrated, sad, or anxious, don’t feel like you have to bottle up your emotions. Often, releasing those fears and anxieties can be incredibly cathartic. You can do this by opening up and talking to others, writing things down or using creative activities to channel your emotions.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to talk to friends and family. We may feel like we’re burdening them with our problems, or we might be reluctant to be completely honest with them for fear of judgment or embarrassment. If you don’t feel comfortable chatting to a friend or a relative, it’s worth exploring the option of therapy or getting in touch with charities and organizations that help people in a similar boat. You may be anxious about talking about your injuries, but often, sharing your thoughts can have a positive impact.
Eliminating additional sources of stress
When you’re trying to recover from an accident, the last thing you need is additional stress. If you’ve got anything else that is panicking or worrying you, for example, money troubles, legal issues, or work-related problems, try and tackle them head-on. If your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, and you want to make a claim, search for a legal firm with expertise in the relevant area, read reviews and let your legal team do the hard work for you.
Once you’ve provided all the information you have about the incident and your injuries, your personal injury lawyer will do all they can to get the most compensation for your personal injury claim. If you’re worried about the impact of your injuries on your job, arrange to speak to your boss, and check your employment contract. You may be entitled to sick pay, and it might be possible to come to an arrangement to reduce your working hours for a period of time, switch to home working or make adjustments in your workplace once you’re ready to get back to work. If you are anxious about practical issues, ask questions and don’t be afraid to seek expert help.
Adopting a positive mindset
When you’ve been hit for six and you’ve suffered injuries out of the blue, it can be very tricky to maintain a positive mindset. However, if you can think positively and try and focus on getting better, rather than dwelling on what has happened, this will aid your recovery. Surround yourself with friends and family members who support and reassure you and increase your confidence, and set manageable, realistic goals.
Your end goal may be to run a 10k, but before you can get there, how about conquering the stairs, going for a walk in the park or completing a mile run? Celebrate every milestone, and if you’re having a bad day, think about how far you’ve already come. When you’re in pain, or you’re struggling to cope with the physical or mental effects of an accident, it can be tough to be grateful, but it’s beneficial to concentrate on what you do have and be thankful that you’re moving in the right direction.
Occupying your time
If you’re an active person, the prospect of being out of action for a while may fill you with dread. If you’re told that you need to rest for a few weeks or that you won’t be able to run, cycle, or play sports for a couple of months, you’re probably resigning yourself to a prolonged period of boredom, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep busy and lift your spirits.
You might not be able to devote time to your favorite hobbies, but there’s no reason you can’t take up new ones. Use your recovery to explore new interests, spend time with friends and family and give yourself the time you need to heal fully. Don’t beat yourself up or feel that you’re lazy because you haven’t left the house for days. Read books, watch movies, look into online learning, learn to sew, knit or speak a language, enjoy music, start a blog or write the first chapter of a novel.
Living in the present
We live in an age where we’re always making future plans and we tend to let days pass us by without even really taking the time to enjoy them. On a Sunday evening, we wish away the rest of the week and long for Friday. On gloomy winter days, we dream of summer. If you’ve had an accident, it can be helpful to think about the future and to set goals, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself or give yourself a specific time limit or a deadline.
Try and focus on the present. Take each day as it comes, and worry about what’s going to happen next month or next year when that time comes. You’ll have days when you feel bright and optimistic about your recovery, but you might also have moments when you fear that you’re never going to get back to ‘normal.’ This is completely natural, and you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, or you’re recovering from a serious injury, it’s not always easy to cope. If you are struggling, try and channel your emotions in a positive way and lean on those around you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to speak to experts who can help you, and concentrate on taking each day as it comes and devoting your time to your recovery and doing things that reduce stress, give you a focus and make you feel good. Think positively and have confidence in yourself, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself.