Tips for Coping with the Physical and Emotional Effects of an Injury
Although facing the effects of a personal injury can seem overwhelming and almost impossible in the moment, there are ways to help cope with the physical and emotional toll that the injury takes:
Get Your Immediate Family Involved
Personal injuries are not only devastating for victims; they can adversely impact families in numerous ways as well. In many cases, however, victims are inclined to remain silent about the issues they are facing so they do not become a burden to those around them. But this can actually make things more tense and stressful in the household, which might make it more difficult to recover.
Most family members will want to know what is going on and how they can help. This is a good time to speak with them about what the doctor has said about the injury, what the recovery process will look like, and what changes might need to be made in order to deal effectively with the injury. If you get your family involved, you may find that they will become an invaluable source of encouragement and support as you go through this.
Reach Out to Relatives and Friends
Another place where you can find a lot of support and encouragement is from your circle of close friends and relatives. They will often be willing to help you with things that you need done or pickup items that you are unable to get yourself. Those closest to you are also the ones you can usually count on if you just need someone to talk to about the things you are dealing with. Maybe they cannot make an in-person visit for safety reasons while the pandemic is ongoing, but you might still be able to arrange virtual meetings using a platform like Skype or Zoom.
Focus on What You Can Control
Getting injured is tough on anyone, and we as humans have a tendency to make things worse by replaying events in our head and thinking about what we could have done differently to avoid what happened. This is a natural reaction, but it is very important not to spend too much time dwelling on past events that you cannot change. Take the time you need to “grieve” the things you have lost because of the injury, then try to focus most of your attention on getting recovered or reaching maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Seek Professional Help If Needed
For many people, there is a stigma attached to seeing a therapist for emotional and psychological issues they are facing. But the truth is that millions of people face issues that they have a hard time working through on their own. When this is the case, there is absolutely no shame in seeking professional help. A therapist who has worked with many others facing similar issues can provide you with some of the strategies and tools necessary to help cope with the psychological impact of your injury.
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