If you experience a personal injury, you may experience feelings of anger, doubt, sadness, and depression that may from time to time feel a bit overwhelming to bear. These feelings are completely normal as it’s not only your physical well being that is affected by an injury. Sometimes, you may not realize it, but your mental health is impacted by a personal injury, and knowing how to take care of your mental health after a personal injury can do a great deal when it comes to your treatment.
According to the United States’ National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Sports Science Institute, even student athletes experience some degree of mental health effects after being injured while playing their favorite sports. Emotional responses unique to such an occurrence include disengagement, sleep disturbance, change of appetite, anger and frustration, lack of motivation, irritation, and isolation and sadness.
While these responses do seem normal in these situations, leaving them unchecked can be a source of more woes than comforts for people affected and those around them. Here are better ways to take care of your mental health after a personal injury:
- Keep a journal with you. Whenever you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed, try to find a place where you can retreat and calm down so you can write what you’re feeling. You can go back to these entries after a few days and weeks so you can give them a thorough reading and analyze them.
- Meditation and reflection can help you find a renewed direction. Sometimes, what you feel can be a source of discomfort, especially when you don’t know how to deal with them appropriately. Try to reserve an hour or two each day just trying to either clear your thoughts or trying to focus on a single memory while filtering everything else away. Try as much as possible to find a way to focus on a single thought or memory in order for you to “declutter” your head. Trying to isolate a particular feeling you have and assessing it from different angles can also help you get to know more about yourself.
- Look at it from an outsider’s perspective. In speaking of isolating a feeling, try to look at your situation the way you’d look at something from an outsider’s perspective. What aspects of your life, or in this case your injury, are causing these feelings to appear? How do you think can this be settled?
- Rest and relaxation matters. You may have encountered the term “rest and relaxation” in contexts outside personal injury such as work. This is because rest and relaxation are extremely important parts of destressing and letting yourself loose. It’s understandable that having a personal injury can be extremely stressful and burdensome, but you’re also entitled to give time to yourself and allow yourself to just have a breather every now and then. Indulge in activities you like, and get as much as sleep as you need when you know you don’t have to do therapy the next day just so your body has time to heal and your mind has time to rest.
A personal injury affects everyone beyond the physical, and knowing the extent of a personal injury’s influence to your emotions and your mentality plays a key role in your recovery. After all, no matter how much therapy you do or medicine you take, if your mind isn’t up for the task, then recovery can be a lot more difficult to achieve. The tips above will hopefully give you an idea as to how you can condition yourself to take care of your mental health better after a personal injury.