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Have you suffered a serious injury? If so, you know just how difficult it can be to manage your physical and emotional symptoms while you heal. It’s not easy to keep your body healthy and strong during the recovery process. Especially if you have to work or care for a family at the same time.
Many people focus on the physical side of getting injured. This is likely because physical symptoms are typically easier to diagnose and treat. However, injury can also be emotionally and mentally damaging. With that in mind, it’s important to consider different ways to heal inside and out. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help yourself heal inside and out after an injury. Here are a few tips that will get you started:
Talk to Your Doctor
If you’ve just been injured in an accident, talk to your doctor about their recommendations. In most cases, you’ll receive prescriptions for muscle relaxers or pain relievers that can help with your recovery. Depending on your individual needs, your doctor may also prescribe vitamins, rest, physical therapy, or something else altogether. Regardless of how minor it feels now, taking care of yourself will help you heal faster and feel better in no time.
Go to a Physical Therapist
In your healing journey, going to a physical therapist can completely transform how you experience pain. Don’t be afraid to try this treatment; oftentimes physical therapy is just as effective as surgery. Treatments may include therapies such as electrical stimulation, heat therapy, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy.
Frequently, physical therapy is prescribed bi-weekly or weekly at the therapist’s office. In addition, many patients are provided exercises to do outside of the office. These exercises can really help recover quickly. Plus, they are a great way to track progress.
Find New Hobbies You Love
When it comes to injury, you may find yourself not able or not enjoying the hobbies or activities that you used to do. Instead of focusing on what you can’t or don’t want to do, explore new activities and find other hobbies that will help you feel fulfilled in your life. For example, many people pick up learning new games that they can play with their loved ones. Additional hobbies that people tend to pick up is with building things like model planes or miniature train systems.
By focusing on exploring new opportunities and activities, you may start feeling better about your situation and less depressed about the things you can’t or don’t like doing anymore. It helps you feel like you’re growing as a person instead of losing who you used to be.
Keep Moving Forward
After a serious injury, it’s easy to feel unmotivated and depressed. You might feel like all your plans and goals are no longer achievable, but that’s not true. While it won’t be easy, remember to stay motivated. Reading quotes from inspirational speakers and your real-life heroes will help you to keep pushing forward despite your injuries.
Additionally, you may benefit from revisualizing your life plans to include getting better. This can include things like hiking a specific route or going rock climbing within two years of your injury. Of course, you should consider talking to your physical therapist or doctor to ensure that you are either on track to reach those goals or if you should adjust your goals.
Try Alternative Approaches
In addition to taking medicine for your injury, consider taking alternative approaches to heal. Practices like yoga, meditation, or acupuncture are all valid ways to help you heal. Many studies have shown that these complementary therapies are not only safe for people with injuries but can also help with both physical and mental healing.
Many insurance plans cover some alternative treatments, which may lower your medical bills as you recover. Be sure to check whether your insurance plan offers coverage for alternative therapies before starting one.
After a serious injury, it can be hard to find the motivation to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. The above tips are just the beginning of what you can do to help you recover inside and outside. Keeping track of what you’ve tried, and your progress may be the best way to realizing what works best for you.
By Anica Oaks
who is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco. When she’s not writing, she’s enjoying her time outside with her dogs.