The physical pain that you feel when you get an injury is just a small part of the overall pain that you are likely to experience. There is a lot of mental pain that can be caused when you have an injury, and the loss of your normal ability to do things, whether it be temporary or permanent, and it can be something that is devastating.
Unless you deal with it, though, your recovery can be slower. So knowing how to deal with an injury, and how to recover afterwards, can make a big difference. So here are some tips to help.
Deal with Reality
If you are injured, then it can be easy to focus on the things that you should have done or the things that you think like ‘if only’ this had happened. If you give too much energy to these thoughts, then it will take away from the recovery and rehabilitation that you need to go through to get back to your normal health, routine, and work. Part of your new reality, at least for now could be seeking the professional help that you need, whether that is a physiotherapist, or perhaps an injury lawyer, depending on how you get your injury. As harsh as it may sound, you do have to deal with your reality, but it doesn’t need to be a daunting or scary process.
Set Yourself Some New Goals
When you are off work or off your normal training because of an injury that you have had, then it can feel like you are just in limbo as nothing is getting done. But for now, think about leaving some of the older goals that you might have had, behind. Start to set yourself some new goals, and then, as you recover, you will be able to measure your success in a different way. You can still keep progressing in life, even if you initially think that as things are, you can’t.
It can be hard to stay positive if you are feeling down about being bed-ridden or on bed-rest, because of an injury that you have sustained. But making a conscious effort to have a positive attitude is something that can go a long way in helping in the healing process; not only physically but mentally too. If you are feeling overwhelmed then it can be a good idea to consult your doctor or even consider counselling if you are finding it particularly hard to be positive. Seeking help is definitely something that is a sign of strength.
Keep in Touch
When you are out of work or school, whatever is your normal life when you get injured and have to take a step back, it can be good for your, in more ways than one, to stay in touch with everyone. So check in with colleagues, email your boss, talk on the phone; do whatever will help you to keep up to date with things, so that when you are ready to return to work (or school) you will feel ready to jump right in.