Unless you glide through life like a graceful deer, there is likely going to be a point where you cause yourself an injury. Suddenly, normal life is interrupted to the point where you barely recognise it anymore. You’re in pain, your movement is restricted and you’re bored out of your mind.
Dealing with both the mental and physical changes as a result of injury can be difficult. Depression and stress are not uncommon, and there is suspicion in the medical community that it can actually hamper your recovery time. If you’re facing such a situation, then take a step back, and look at things from a whole new perspective. No, this is a situation you don’t want to be in – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of it.
Have A Pity Party
Self-pity is not an attractive emotion; no one is going to try and convince you otherwise. But if you try to power through and pretend everything is fine, chances are it soon won’t be.
Instead, have a couple of days to feel sorry for yourself. Keep it to yourself if you don’t feel comfortable voicing it to other people. Have a little pity party with some pity cake, light your pity candles, and then blow them out and move on. You’re hurt and inconvenienced; don’t expect to feel fine and brave about it.
Identify Changes You Need To Make
When you have to adjust to a life with restrictions – even temporarily – it can be daunting, so face it head on. With lower limb injuries, walking is going to be an issue. Order food online and install hand rails to help you keep your balance. If you don’t like the idea of hand rails, see them as temporary only. When you’re recovered you can remove them and use filler on the holes; no one needs to know they were there. Also make sure you use crutches and orthotics as prescribed; not doing so could lengthen the time you spend on the sidelines.
For upper limb injuries, invest in a grabber device. These look like – and be used as – a litter picker, but they’ll save you a lot of effort. Designed to be easily operated even with limited mobility, they can let you grip and reach without causing more pain.
Give Yourself Something To Look Forward To
Most injuries have an expiry date on them; a time when the medical profession feels you’ll be back to normal and fighting fit. Add an extra month on to this – as no one knows what can happen – and book something to look forward to. It can be a massage, a day out or just a special purchase. Knowing there are still good times to come can get you through the rough days.
Be Honest With People
While you don’t have to announce your misery, there is no point hiding your frustrations. If you don’t have someone in your life you feel you can vent to, then use online forums or even enlist the help of a therapist. Everyone has the right to feel heard, and you don’t want to add mental upset onto an already difficult physical time.
Hopefully, by keeping the above in mind, you will find a way through a tricky time and be back to yourself soon. Happy healing!