Are you currently recovering from an injury? Whether you have a broken leg or a pulled muscle, recovering from an injury can be a very frustrating time. Unfortunately, attempting to rush the recovery process often results in the opposite and leads to further problems. Therefore, it is crucial to take it seriously and prioritize it above everything else.
While this can be very difficult, and life keeps going, taking some time to recuperate fully will help to prevent further damage or reoccurrence of the same injury in the future.
Here are just some of the things you should do during your healing process:
Speak with a professional
First and foremost, the most important stage of recovery is getting advice from a qualified professional. It can be very easy to turn to ‘Doctor Google’, but for medical guidance, it is always best to follow the instructions of your GP over anything you read online.
There may be additional tips online but putting your GP’s advice first and following that as closely as you can is the best way to ensure a smooth recovery. If you want to follow the advice of something you have read online or have been recommended by a friend or family member, it is advisable to consult a medical professional first.
Listen to your body
Doing too much too soon can have incredibly detrimental impacts on your health. Therefore, it is imperative that you listen to your body and only do things when you truly feel ready.
As a result of this, you may have to miss out on certain social events or cancel plans, however, it will be well worth it in the long run once you are fully recovered.
Allow yourself adequate time to rest when you feel you need to do so and don’t be ashamed if you aren’t able to remain committed to all previously made plans. Try to embrace the extra time at home if you are able to, catch up on that series you’ve been meaning to watch, or start that book you’ve been wanting to read.
An injury can often result in having to complete various forms of admin, make sure to stay on top of this and request help if you are finding it difficult to complete alone.
If you have a gym membership, be sure to cancel or pause this for the time being. Many gyms now offer the option for pausing rather than cancelling if you have a doctor’s note. This means you won’t need to spend money on services you can’t currently use. Be sure to also cancel any reservations or appointments you will no longer be able to attend.
Depending on the nature of how your injury occurred, it may be that you are eligible for compensation, such as a head injury claim. If you think this may be the case then it is advisable to speak with a professional who deals with these types of claims regularly.
Prioritize your mental health
As well as the physical implications of an injury, there is a possibility that your mental health may also be impacted. Suffering from an injury often means your independence and socializing suffer, something that can be challenging to deal with.
During this time, it is important that you make a conscious effort to prioritize your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health. Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling and seek additional support from a medical professional if you feel this would help.