Recovering From Illness and Injury

When you get injured or are suffering from an illness, it can be a tricky and stressful road to recovery. Both come with a lot of stress, more so when you have had to take time off from work. Here are a number of ways that you can help yourself on the road to recovery. 

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Stress and Tension

If you have noticed that your stress levels are consistently high, then you are probably also going to start noticing that you are being affected physically too. People often find that they are grinding their teeth, their jaw is tight, shoulders are pulled up as well as lower back and stomach issues. Over time those muscles become tight and sore. 

To help reduce stress and physical tension:

  • Recognize your stress triggers and signs of anxiety in your body. You may need to set a reminder on your phone to go off a few times a day with the words ‘relax your jaw,’ and that will help sent off the reaction of relaxing your shoulders and all the way down. 
  • Breathe more deeply. Spend ten minutes per day taking big, deep, lung filling breaths. Make sure you fill your upper chest and hold for a few seconds. 
  • Relax. This one might be easier said than done, but find things that relax you and try to incorporate them into your day more often. 

Hobbies

If you have had an accident, while your personal injury attorney is getting to work on your case, you probably have time to find a new hobby. Of course, depending on how bad and what your injuries are may limit you. But you can start a blog, take up photography, learn a new language, and so much more. This will help to pass the time before you are back on your feet again, and keep your mind occupied. 


Support

Often we don’t ask for precisely what we need in terms of help and support. However, when you find the right people who can support you, it can make a world of difference. While your doctor can give you medication, they can also signpost you to the right people for mental health care, wellbeing, and physical therapy if you need it. 

  • Friends and family can also be fantastic support when you aren’t doing great. Try to keep a regular day to see people and get out of the house (if you can). 
  • Talk to your friends and family about your condition and tell them about what some of the challenges are for you. 
  • Support groups can have a significant impact on you too. People who are attending can often sympathise and understand what you are going through much better than others. 

Rest

Rest and good sleep are some of the most important things that you can get when you are recovering from illness and injury. Try to make sure that you have the right pain medication and a general routine that includes understanding what you need in terms of sleep


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