How To Manage Stress After An Accident Or Injury
Accidental, intentional, self-imposed, it doesn’t matter. When you’re injured to a serious degree, it knocks your whole world upside-down. The pain and treatment of said injury can be enough of a trauma, but there are deeper effects that can have more insidious long-term changes. In particular, we’re talking about stress. Why does it always accompany injury and what can you do about it?
Company is vital
On one hand, we don’t want to be coddled and dependent on others. But suffering an injury is an isolating experience enough, already. We feel physically cut off from the same world and opportunities as everyone else. So, it’s important to know not only when to ask for help, but when to seek some company. Friends help us cope with stress in the short-term and regular interaction with others builds confidence and self-esteem in our ability to handle the world again. When you’re shut off from everyone else, the opposite happens. Your idea of self-capability shrivels.
Finding time to relax
Doing what fitness activities you can in a healthy, controlled manner is important to speeding up physical recovery. At the same time, it puts pressure on you to get better. You need to find those moments and the right relaxation techniques to help you get away from the pressures for a moment. If one technique, such as aromatherapy, doesn’t work, then don’t despair. Different people find that different methods have more of an effect on them. Meditation, art therapy, breathing techniques, and so on. It’s about finding the one (or the combination) that’s right for you.
The bills keep coming
If an injury puts you out of work, then there’s a very real stressor to deal with. We’re talking about the money. Unless you’re collecting worker’s compensation due to a workplace accident, it might feel like there’s no assistance on hand at all. But that’s not necessarily true. Personal injury lawyers can, for instance, help you get what you’re owed and recover all the money that an injury has cost you. In some areas, there may be grants and crisis loans that can help you manage this period a lot easier. Landlords and other creditors are also more open to offering some leeway when dealing with health issues that many imagine.
Be careful you don’t set yourself back
One of the biggest causes of stress in recovery is the simple impatience that comes with waiting for yourself to get back to full strength. The right balance of exercise, rest, and good food is going to help you recover faster. But you have to make sure you don’t push yourself too hard and end up only extending the recovery period. Stressing about losing fitness in the injured part of the body and trying to keep it up to speed with the rest of you, for instance, will make it harder or recover.
The head and the body are very much linked. Just as an injury can cause all kinds of stress, doing away with that stress can help your body recover quicker. The hormones produced by stress, like cortisol, can actively inhibit the body’s own healing processes. If you want to get better, you need to destress.