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5 Ways To Avoid Isolation After An Injury

Getting injured can affect your life in many ways, especially if you’re unable to return to your normal life in a timely manner. Missing work, playing with your kids, and even socializing with friends can take a toll on your emotional state and ability to feel good about yourself. Things like depression, anxiety, and isolation can happen. Though it’s important to listen to your doctors and heal completely, you don’t want to isolate yourself to the point of loneliness. Let’s look at some ways this scenario can be avoided.

Stay in Touch with Friends and Family

It’s important to stay in touch with your friends and family during your recovery. Not only do they care about what’s happening with you, but they will likely want to help. If they have reached out to you, do make an effort to respond as soon as possible. They could be worried and simply want to know you are OK. Even if you have a quick catch up over the phone, it’s better than nothing. If you are struggling with physical tasks or emotional wellness, tell them what you need.  

Invite Trusted Friends and Family Over

You may not be able to leave the house, but you could always invite others over. Again, they will likely be happy to keep you company while you are recovering. Laughing and talking with your loved ones will help you recover faster simply by bringing some joy into your life. 

Ask for Help 

If you need help looking after yourself, your pets, and household, simply ask for it. Of course, your family (partner and kids) will likely be helping out more at this time. However, if you are single, reach out to extended family and close friends who have some extra time. There is also the option of hiring in-home healthcare personnel and others to do household chores or pet care.

Get Legal Advice About How Your Injury Affects You

If your injury has seriously affected both your mental and physical health and was caused by someone’s neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have a personal injury case already in progress, tell your attorney about your mental and emotional state. Injury isn’t always just physical. 

Maybe you haven’t thought about seeking legal advice about your injury because it doesn’t seem bad enough. However, I recommend letting an attorney help you determine that. You can always learn more about how personal injury lawyers can help you by asking friends for referrals or doing a search online. Injuries can have a lasting impact on physical and mental health.

Consider Therapy 

Therapy is another option if you’re struggling to sort out your feelings. A good therapist can help you to get to the root of your problems and work through trauma and fear that may have come from the event that caused your injury. You could be suffering from depression or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). These conditions will need to be diagnosed and treated by a professional. Even if you don’t have any serious mental conditions, therapy can help you feel more yourself again.

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, it’s owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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