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A study out of Princeton University once found that “the
psychological response to injury can trigger and/or unmask mental health
issues, including depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, disordered eating
and substance abuse.”
To that end, it is important for people who have been injured to engage in activities and treatment that keep them mentally healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to be active as possible, both in terms of physical activity and mental stimulation. Below are some tips to help you do so:
- Take time to explore your hobbies and passions: It is entirely natural to be sad, angry or disappointed after a serious accident, especially if your injuries prevent you from engaging in some of your daily routines. To help stay positive, you can use your temporary limitations as an excuse to explore other hobbies and passions. Chances are, you have passions that are not affected by your injury that you can explore. Doing so will soothe your mind and give you something constructive to focus on as you recover.
- Have a goal in mind for your recovery: Physical therapy can be a mentally grueling process if you go into it full of anger about your condition. You can make it a much healthier and more positive experience by setting specific goals for your recovery. Consider using rehab as a means to achieve certain fitness goals you had not previously achieved. While those goals might seem far off if you have a long recovery ahead of you, it can give you a reason to keep working and fighting.
- Give back to others: If you think you could benefit from changing your perspective on your injury, consider finding service opportunities to give back to others in your community. Helping others and giving your time and energy can be a freeing experience that makes it much easier for you mentally and emotionally to carry on with your recovery journey.
- Focus on what you’re putting into your body: You can also make your recovery a turning point for your personal nutrition. Numerous studies have shown that eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet correlates with more positive moods.
- Seek help when you need it: There’s nothing shameful about seeking the help of a therapist or counselor if you are having an emotionally difficult time with your recovery and the aftermath of your injury. Do what you need to do to help yourself recover emotionally, as well as physically.
Recovering from a personal injury can be incredibly difficult on the mind, body and soul. Keep these tips in mind as you begin the process.
And, to learn more about your legal options after a serious accident, meet with a dedicated New York attorney at Robinson & Yablon, P.C.