Tips For Overcoming A Life-Changing Injury
July 31st, 2020 by David Martin
Every year in the U.S., over 200,000 people lose their lives to a serious injury (that is one person every three minutes), and in some years, almost 3 million people are hospitalized because of an injury – as reported by the CDC. Some of the major causes of unintentional injuries include vehicle crashes, prescription opioid overdoses, and sports and recreation-related concussions. The vast majority of people treated in emergency rooms for injuries (around 2.8 million people a year) are older people who have had a fall injury. Injuries can be painful and costly, and rehabilitation from one can take several months or even years. If you have been through this experience recently, what steps can you take to ‘feel like yourself’ once again?
Discover Your Legal Rights
If your injury has arisen from someone else’s negligence (e.g. on the road or in a medical setting), then seeking legal compensation is key. As stated by legal experts at jjsjustice.com, receiving any compensation you are entitled to is an important way to achieve recovery, since it will enable you to consider a wider range of effective (yet potentially expensive) treatments. Some injuries – for instance, cerebral palsy injuries caused by medical negligence during birth – require extensive therapy and care for those affected. Alternative treatments like stem cell therapy, meanwhile, may be costly and require travel and time. Sorting your legal and financial situation will help you feel more secure in other areas of your life.
Seek Psychological Support
Because recovery may take several months, you may feel sadder and less motivated than usual. These emotions are to be expected, but if you find that you have lost your ability to enjoy life, you no longer feel motivated to take part in activities you used to love, you have thoughts of self-harm, or you find that you are reliving the trauma of injury, therapy may be of help. Your therapist may suggest a variety of approaches, including mindfulness activities to combat stress, spending time in nature, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The latter is a ‘gold standard’ treatment for depression and anxiety that highlights the important links between how we feel, think and behave. By changing one or more suggested behaviors, you can significantly improve the way you view your road to recovery and feel more positive about your life.
Accept Help And Support
If you have to take time off work during recovery, try to join community groups and make sure you rely on friends and family for support. Meeting others regularly, taking part in activities together (be it enjoying a meal, playing a board game or working on an artistic activity) will remind you that life is indeed enjoyable, even when it throws big challenges your way. Speaking to others will reduce your sense of isolation and help you to forge a better, more purpose-filled path for the future.
If you have just been through a life-changing injury, take the time to grieve and honor and accept your feelings – even the negative ones. When you are ready, take positive steps to improve your situation – including seeking legal and psychotherapeutic aid if necessary. Finally, don’t forget to lean on loved ones and make new friends. Time flies by when you are in good company, and those you love can help motivate you to reach for higher ground.