All of us experience some degree of injury from time to time. Most of the time we’re able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and gently chide ourselves for the lapse in concentration that led to the bump, scrape or sprain that ails us. We recover in days, hours or even minutes and if we’re lucky we may even learn a little something from the experience. There are some injuries, however, that gouge deep scars of the physical, emotional and psychological varieties. They can disrupt and derail our lives and recovering from them in every sense can be a long and arduous process. Here we’ll look at some of the less obvious challenges of injury recovery and how you can help yourself to overcome them.
Anger and frustration
When you’ve been injured as a result of an incident that was not your fault, this can lead to intense feelings of anger and frustration. You may even feel consumed with the need to blame virtually everyone around you. Feelings of anger and frustration are perfectly understandable, but they can also lead us to lash out at those closest to us. It’s essential that you channel your anger and frustration into something positive. Hire a personal injury lawyer. Seek justice. Don’t allow yourself to become a victim and try to find ways to prevent the same fate from befalling others.
Mental health issues
Injury recovery is a long and fraught road, that’s littered with myriad challenges and frustrations. Our pain, discomfort, loss of mobility and inability to return to our normal lives can lead us to depression, social anxiety, loss of self esteem and even loss of cognitive function. As important as it is to give care and attention to our physical recovery, we mustn’t neglect our mental health either.
Trite though it may seem, watching what you eat can help you on both fronts. A good diet is necessary both for physical recovery and in combatting depression, anxiety, lethargy and low mood. While it may be tempting to dive into a binge pattern of comfort eating, gorging on high fat, high sugar, high sodium comforting fast foods, these will not only fail to aid your recovery, they could actually hinder it.
Loss of productivity or earnings
While some employers will support their employees through times of hardship, including ensuring that they receive at least statutory sick pay while they convalesce, in the gig economy many workers are deprived even of this pretty paltry benefit. If your recovery means that you will not be able to work or keep the roof over your head it behoves you not only to sue for loss of earnings but also to try and make whatever money you can from your sofa or sick bed while you recover.
When we feel vulnerable it can be tempting to shut ourselves off from the people who love us most, to become isolated and insular. Nonetheless, while it may seem virtually impossible to get out and among people it will aid your physical emotional and psychological recovery when you have the company, love and support of others.
It’s important to realise you’re not alone, regardless of whether you feel it or not. There are so many people around you willing to help and understand, you just have to reach out for it.