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Whatever type of injury you sustain — whether a fall, a slip, or another incident that isn’t your fault — the road to recovery isn’t always easy or straight. Whether you’re looking for advice or some inspiration on tips for recovery, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for 5 top tips for recovering after an accident. 

1. Rest 

This might not be the answer you were looking for – you’ve surely been told this more than once from a medical practitioner. But rest really is what your body needs, especially if your accident involved any kind of head trauma as brain injuries require a lot of rest and sleep. Giving your body the time and space it needs to heal can save you from a lot of stress and potential issues in the future. So, it’s time to listen to the doctors and your body and rest up. 

2. Keep your mind busy 

While your body is recuperating, keeping your mind active can stop feelings of frustration and help you to cope better. This is a great time to set yourself a small challenge such as learning a new language, reading a new book, or learning a new instrument. By keeping your mind active and challenging yourself, you can achieve a sense of development and achievement, which is so important when you’re working on recovery. 

3. Get emotional support 

Recovering from an accident is hard, so it’s important to keep talking to friends or family members. It can be helpful to you to process the accident and the scenario that caused an injury, to ensure that you recover fully from the emotional trauma. Emotional support is as important to your recovery as physical support, so don’t neglect this area. If you don’t have anyone close to confide in, there are counseling services that are available to you online or in person. 

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4. Consider your next steps 

When you have the time and space, consider the situation from an outside perspective. If you feel that this accident wasn’t your fault, then it may be time to enlist the help of an injury lawyer to help you with a claim. Equally, firms such as Sitkoff & Hanrahan, LLP are available to help if the accident has resulted in any kind of criminal proceedings. 

5. Look to the future 

It’s time to envision a life beyond your current situation and face the future. When recovering, it’s easy to get bogged down in the stressors of your current life, but that can hinder your recovery. If you keep an eye on the future and set goals – whether that’s walking independently or all the way to going on a trip or moving house – it can help you move forwards. You can create mood boards or write your goals out on a whiteboard and hang it somewhere visible,

Whether you’re right at the start of your recovery journey or you’re well on your way, hopefully, this article has provided you with some food for thought on how you can recover after an accident. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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