Health & Fitness
A collection of write-ups with health care tips, expert advices and inspiration for overall wellness and fitness.
Had a life-changing injury? Here’s what to do next to improve your situation
At some point in our lives, we will almost certainly experience an injury and have to go to the hospital. What that injury is and when it will occur is a mystery - life has a way of surprising us. You could be minding your own business, sprinting up the stairs, only to miss your footing and go tumbling back down, resulting in a debilitating head injury or broken bone. What do you do if this injury is life-changing? How do you cope with the struggles it will inflict on you in the coming years? Read on to find out more - and click the link if you’re looking to reach out to a lawyer: personalinjury.com.
First things first
Always seek medical assistance. It goes without saying, however, a lot of people don’t like hospitals or being examined. You need to put this fear aside as the most important thing in this situation is your health. Doctors and nurses can help with the pain and recovery process - don’t try to cope on your own without even being checked out after an injury. You might feel fine at first but there could be underlying issues that worsen over time without you having knowledge of the problem. Not only is this initial visit is important, but attending ongoing check-ups if they are required is not something that you should avoid.
Focus on your recovery
Don’t push yourself. Take your time to heal. That might mean having time off work, less physical activity, or just doing things that help you to relax and recuperate, such as reading or spending time in the garden. Don’t expect yourself to spring straight back into action after being hurt - you may well find that you can’t do everything you once could. Not straight away anyway. Very slowly try to integrate yourself back into your normal life but always make sure not to strain yourself. Listen to your body and always follow the advice of your doctor.
Spend time with loved ones
If you’re on your own, you are probably dwelling on the situation more than you should. It’s great to have people around you that can bring you out of that slump with welcome distractions. By all means, discuss what happened, get it off your chest but then try to focus on more positive topics - play games, tell jokes. Don’t let your injury take over your life, otherwise, your mental health could really take a downward turn. You are more than your injury.
Get a new hobby
Stuck at home? Or less mobile than you were a few months ago? Don’t see this as a curse - become immersed in a new hobby. Have you always had a creative flair that you never quite got around to harnessing? Buy yourself a paint kit and paper. Or what about writing that novel you’ve had in the back of your head?
This is the perfect time to give it a start. Gift yourself something like a notebook that lasts forever and you could go on writing endlessly. Don’t get stuck in the endless cycle of refreshing your social media feeds - you will become extremely bored and dissatisfied.
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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 30th July 2020.