We all laugh at the Youtube videos showing people getting hurt in hilarious ways; it is all right to confess if you do it as well. What is not so funny is being the one involved in one of those incidents in real life, especially if you end up seriously injured.
We often underestimate not only the physical damage an accident can do but the emotional impact as well. Quite often, the mental impact of a serious accident goes on long after the physical injuries have healed.
In this article, we are going to look at a few of the things that you can do after an accident to help you to come to terms with what has happened and get you back on your feet, both literally and figuratively, as quickly as possible.
Stay as active as possible
This depends entirely on the extent of your physical injuries, and unless you have the go-ahead from your doctor, you should not be undertaking any rigorous exercise until you have completely healed. However, when you can, gentle exercise can keep your mind off what has happened and help you to process it a little better – after all, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Physical exercise can produce feel-good hormones that help to combat stress, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier and calmer.
Your physician can make a safe workout routine and schedule for you based on your physical state and recovery. While on medication, you may need to follow a strict schedule of exercise and physical activity as given by your doctor and the physical therapist.
Talk about it
Whether this is to your spouse, your family, your friends, or someone more objective and qualified such as a counselor or therapist – talk. Talk about how you feel, your fears and your hopes.
Having that initial conversation can be the hardest thing to do, but expressing your feelings, talking about the accident, and remembering what happened in the days after the accident can be a step towards recovery.
Seek legal advice
When grappling with the physical and emotional effects of an accident do not fail to think about enlisting professional help to support you with legal and financial matters.
Although the process of bringing a personal injury claim can feel like one additional thing you can’t cope with, an accomplished team of injury lawyers experienced in winning tough cases will be able to guide you through it. They are ready to help you get the help that you need.
Find a sense of normality
You might have to deal with a whole new ‘normal’, but finding it and getting into it as soon as possible will help you to move forward with your life.
Creating a day-to-day routine — especially one that involves fun things, no matter how small — will allow you to get to grips with the incident and the life after it.
Many people who have deep feelings of fear and frustration are looking for ways to feel more in control again. For example, if you had a car accident, take a defensive driving course if you are physically able to drive again, to help you develop a stronger sense of control of the road.