Injuries are always unpleasant, but they can be particularly nasty when they’re of the personal injury variety – you know, the kind that are caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether caused by a car accident, a workplace incident or even a simple fall, this kind of injury always adds insult to injury because it didn’t need to happen.
But whether your injury was the fault of someone else or just one of those things, focusing on your recovery is always going to be the most important thing.
Get the right care – as soon as possible
The earlier you can treat an injury, the better your chance of recovery. Getting the best help straight away means you minimise the chances of any complications. You’ll also be assured that you’re treating it in the right way when you head straight to the medical center.
You may need to go to the emergency room. The specially trained medical staff working in your local hospital are the best people to be around when you’re not sure how badly you’ve been hurt. If you’ve hit your head, be aware that you may have suffered a brain injury, including concussion, so may not be thinking clearly. Getting proper medical help is the best thing to do in this situation.
Prepare to get emotional
An injury can stir up all kinds of emotions. Depending on how it happened and what it means for you in the future – both short and long term – you may feel anger, disappointment, sadness or frustration. If the injury means you can’t take part in something you had planned, you may not handle it well. It’s important to be prepared for what you might be feeling after your injury. Try to lean on your support network and think about the positives. You’ll be back on your feet before you know it.
If it’s not you who’s been hurt, but one of your kids, you’ll face different problems with their recovery depending on their age and the severity of the injury. Your 17-year-old who broke his leg and can’t play football as a result may sulk and withdraw. Meanwhile, a three-year-old who scraped her knee will probably want all of your attention. So just be prepared for whatever reaction is likely – and try not to take anything too personally if one of them takes their frustration out on you!
Control what you can
You can’t control your rate of healing, but you can do a lot of little things that can all work together to help you feel a little better. Focusing on these things can help you regain a sense of control and empowerment, helping you to boost your mood and start feeling better in yourself.
Things like eating the right kinds of food, staying hydrated and getting enough rest will all help you start feeling better physically. And when you start to take great care of yourself, you could see your recovery period fall – and a faster recovery is definitely something to feel good about.
What to do
So although injuries can be horrible, doing certain things will help ensure you handle them in the best way possible. Just remember to take the best care of yourself possible and you’ll soon be on the road to recovery.