This is a partnered post. The opinions stated are my own experience and do not constitute medical or legal advice.
Dealing with a personal injury can be devastating. It was almost a decade ago that I dislocated both my patella and started a long, grueling journey for answers and healing. It had a huge impact on my life, so I’ve learned a lot over the years about managing on the road to recovery.
Enlist Help For Managing Practical Matters
One of the overwhelming things about dealing with an injury is the fact that you have to deal with so much extra paperwork and scheduling on top of day-to-day life, all while you’re physically incapacitated. This is the time to rely on whatever support system you have for help. Can your spouse go to doctor’s appointments with you to help you keep track of questions, medications, or request tests? Do you have a friend who can make calls to your insurance company and help advocate for you if you’re having issues?
Having a support system is a huge asset, but if you don’t have many friends or family locally – or if they are also limited on time – then I recommend reaching out to 211, who can connect you to local resources. This is a great public service for those in need of help that aren’t sure where to turn, like senior citizens who need rides to doctor’s appointments, or single moms struggling to afford prescriptions. And depending on the nature and circumstances surrounding your injury, having a consultation with a lawyer such as Tampa personal injury attorney KFB Law may end up being necessary.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Going through a period of poor health also takes a huge toll on your mental health. The uncertainty, the physical pain and limitations, the financial implications, the exhaustion – it’s an overwhelming position to be in. If you are in a position to access a therapist, it might be worth a few visits to help outline some coping strategies during your recovery. Another possibility to explore is meditation – the practice may offer a variety of benefits, and you don’t have to go on a meditation retreat to get started. An app like Calm offers simple, 10-minute meditations that you can do anywhere. Meditation is a little like working out; it can take time to start feeling the benefits, so using this unwanted injury downtime to develop a new skill can help many of us feel a little more empowered.
Personally, I find it easy to dwell on situations – and I think anyone who is in a scary position does! So another strategy I have developed is to keep my mind occupied with positive, constructive things. For example, I like to listen to interesting podcasts during quiet pockets of the day, such as when I’m taking a shower, putting on makeup or doing dishes. This stops my mind from wandering to “What ifs” and “Oh nos” – this was especially useful earlier this year when I was awaiting scary test results before my first-ever surgery. (Don’t worry, it all ended up being just fine!) This helped me force my attention on to other things. Plus, with all of the fascinating and funny podcasts out there, you end up learning a ton and laughing more, which are both great ways to spend time!
What are your tips for dealing with a health crisis?