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When you sustain a serious injury, it’s important that you focus on your physical recovery. But it’s not just your physical health that you need to think about because your mental health can suffer a lot as well. If your injury means that you are out of work, you may find that you lose your sense of direction and purpose, and that can impact your mental health. If there are lasting effects from your injury, you will need to adjust to your new life and that can be incredibly difficult. That’s why it’s so common for people to develop mental health issues when they are recovering from a serious injury and why it’s important that you manage mental health effectively.
If you have been injured recently and you are worried about your mental health, here are some of the ways to look after it.
The first and most important thing that you need to do is accept your limitations. If you are permanently injured and there are things that you simply are not able to do or should do anymore, you need to learn to accept that. It’s so easy to convince yourself that the doctors got it wrong and you will make a full recovery. Maybe you will or maybe you won’t. Maybe you need a second opinion about the diagnosis. Still, common sense will tell you things like not to lift a certain weight when you have a broken spine. Or don’t drive at night if you don’t have good night vision. Do everything that you can for recovery but follow your doctor’s orders for what is acceptable or not after an injury so that you don’t make it worse. Holding on to false hope will make it impossible to adjust to your new life and move on. You need to learn to adjust to your new normal while still achieving all you can. And recognize that you can still live a full life, even if it is different from your old life. If you are struggling to do this, it may be best to find a therapist that you can talk to you about it for help. Adjusting to a new normal can send you down the road of depression quickly and it’s important to stop this line of thinking as quickly as it can start!
Manage Your Finances Properly
Money is one of the biggest causes of stress in life. If you cannot manage your finances effectively, then it will contribute to mental health issues. That’s why it’s so important that you manage your finances properly after an injury because, if you are unable to work, it’s likely that you will have some money problems. One thing that you should do is look into a compensation claim if the injury was due to someone else’s negligence or it was a work injury caused by negligence. You can click to learn more about whether you might have a case or not. That extra money can be a huge help because it could mean a way to be able to pay bills until you are able to go back to work. You should also see if there are any assistance programs through the government or nonprofit organizations that could help you out.
Avoid Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
When people have been through a traumatic event and they are struggling to deal with it, they may resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms. It’s so important that you avoid that. It’s common for people to withdraw from their friends and family but they are an important source of support during this difficult time, so make sure that you stay in contact with them. Some people may also start drinking a lot of alcohol or using drugs as a coping mechanism. This can lead to even more serious problems. Many people first become addicted to opioids due to an injury. It is safer to stay sober, at least until you have dealt with the aftermath of your injury and adjusted to your new life. Dealing with an physical injury and not having a clear head will only make things worse.
It’s easy to let your mental health slip when you are recovering from an injury.