sunglassesHow to recover from an accident

Rest is clearly vital to your recovery so take as much rest as possible and do not over exert yourself even when you start to feel better. You also need to realise that you may need help so you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for it. Being idle may be frustrating and damaging to your confidence and independence but remember that it will help you to recover and get back on your feet more quickly.

It is also important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. This will not only help you in any claims you make due to the accident but it will also aid you in your recovery. If you have suffered damage that will need treatment, your condition could become worse if it is not properly treated. If you are receiving physiotherapy it is important to be fully committed to your sessions as well as the exercises you may be told to perform at home. This will ensure that your recovery is as speedy as possible. You also need to be honest with health care professionals – if you’re condition is worsening or not improving it is vital to let them know and you shoudn’t be ashamed of this.

Emotionally

Whether it’s a slip or fall or a serious injury, accidents can be traumatic.

Whilst some people choose to block out the accident and move on with their lives, this can actually be damaging for a person’s psychological wellbeing. Talking it through and expressing how the accident made you feel can be a significant point in your recovery. Speaking to friends and family may help but if you find this difficult or are experiencing worrying symptoms of depression or anxiety it might be time to seek advice from a health care professional.

You should also try to eliminate feelings of regret as well as the act of blaming yourself. Regretting what’s happened won’t turn back the hands of time and will only push you further into despair. Instead, you need to look forward to your life whilst setting about making changes to your life style according to what’s happened. Things may never be the same again, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life nonetheless. It is all about adapting and once you accept that, your mental state will improve as you look to the future in a more positive light.

Blaming yourself for an accident is also damaging to your recovery. If for example, you’ve had an unfortunate accident at work, you should realise that this was actually not your fault and that you could even claim compensation for it.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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