5 Ways to Cope with Injury

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Even the mere mention of the word ‘injury’ is enough to send chills down your spine. But, for some people, coping with an injury can be problematic. After all, if you have spent your life being active and independent, the last thing that you want is to be suffering from an injury. Coping with bed rest and being out of action can be difficult. You may have feelings of helplessness. You may feel angry or frustrated. All of these things are normal, but that doesn’t make them easier for you to deal with. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to coping with injuries. But, there are some important things that you must do.

Let’s take a look at five ways that you can cope with your injury.

Talk to Your Doctor

The adage says that knowledge is power. So, if you are unsure as to your recovery period or how you should be spending your down time now that you are injured, speak to your doctor. Being in the know about what to expect can help you mentally prepare for the journey ahead.

Stay Positive

Okay, so being positive can be tough if you are stuck in the house on bed rest. But, if the doctor has advised that you need to be at home, be at home! Remaining positive is one of the best coping mechanisms that you can employ. Make sure that you are remaining upbeat by remembering that you have an awesome family around you that loves you. More importantly, remember that an injury is temporary, and you will be back to your best in no time at all.

Set Goals

While you are in a period of recovery, you may want to get up and get moving as soon as possible. In reality, this can hinder your recovery and only serve to make you more frustrated with the injury. This is not a good coping strategy to employ. Ensure that you are setting realistic goals once you are able to move. Make sure that your goals coincide with the recovery as detailed in your rehab. That way, you won’t push yourself too hard, and you will be in a good place to feel stronger with each passing day. Be realistic and don’t expect too much.

Request that People Give You Space

If you have suffered from quite a severe injury, you probably have a whole host of people coming in and out of your home, wishing you all the best. But, putting on a facade can be tiring. Be polite, but tell people that you need some alone time. Gritting your teeth and smiling through the pain is not going to aid your recovery. Ask for some alone so that you can concentrate on getting better.

Be Patient

Stress will not help you recover quickly, that’s a fact. Of course, it’s easier said than done to remain patient when it comes to the healing process. But, staying patient and not trying to do too much too soon will ensure that you are in a good place to make a speedy recovery. What’s more, use this time to read, paint or sleep. After all, you are the patient. Use the time to discover more about you as a person and what your likes are.

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