An injury, regardless of type or severity, can be a mental and emotional struggle. If you’ve ever experienced an injury, you know that the results can be life-changing. While you work hard to recover physically, your mental and emotional health may recover at a different pace, a slower pace.“When a personal injury occurs the emotional costs are unimaginable,” says Rio Grande Valley personal injury lawyer, David E. Herrman, “with the person facing a life that is forever changed.” While the road to recovery can be long and arduous, many personal injury sufferers can make significant physical and mental progress.
When an individual receives a personal injury, life can suddenly be put on hold and as a result, negative thoughts and feelings can take over. For instance, if you were injured in a car accident and have limited mobility, anxiety, sadness, and isolation may all be signs of emotional stress, but can also be expected after a traumatic event that results in injury. If you feel any symptoms of emotional stress, it may be unnerving and overwhelming, but try to make sense of them. If you feel anxious when riding in a vehicle, that may be a natural response to your involvement in a car accident.
As you begin to heal from your accident, that anxious feeling may decrease as you continue to get stronger, healthy, and back on your feet. However, if your anxiety increases making it nearly impossible to ride in a vehicle, it may be a good idea to talk to a mental health professional. If you ignore any emotional distress, it could interfere with your healing process.
Manage Your Emotional Stress
Regular stress, over a prolonged period of time, can lead to a compromised immune system. Similarly, if you are injured, emotional stress can slow the healing process and in some instances complicate the process by created additional health issues, including chronic pain. If you don’t get rid of some of your post-injury stress, your body may never have a chance to return back to a healthier state.
Not only should you partake in rehabilitative therapy (if recommended by your doctor), but you can also practice some healthy lifestyle choices like undisturbed sleep, healthy eating, avoiding alcohol or overuse of painkillers, and try relaxation techniques such as breathing.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting realistic goals for yourself can keep you on a positive track. If you injured your back in an accident, the injury itself may seem relatively minor, but the healing time may be taking much longer than you expected. When this occurs, it’s easy to become impatient and frustrating, which can result in elevated stress. Keep track of your progress with journaling or with the help of a support system. Be patient and realize that even if you thought you’d be back at work full-time or at the gym three times a week, you need to allow your body to have sufficient time to heal.
Additionally, you should never over do it and risk overexertion. While giving yourself a “push” is often necessary are rough days, too much can set you back.