Waking up every day, stricken with anxiety, stress or pain related to an auto accident can make recovery even more difficult. Many people don’t understand that being involved in an auto accident is one of many phases of injury.
After the initial shock of your situation and injuries wears off, which itself may last for days, a second phase of injury sets in. Lingering injuries, stiffness, soreness and pain course through your body. Coupled with mental challenges like focus, sleeplessness, anxiety, despair or depression it can be hard to maintain a healthy outlook on daily life.
Dealing with all of these factors can be a hard burden to bear. Here are a few ways to lighten the load on yourself, loved ones and stay focused on getting back to living your life.
- Participate in regular social activity. Closing yourself off from the world isn’t going to help you get better. Invite friends to visit you, or schedule a weekly outing for yourself, and don’t cancel. Getting out of the house, even once a week, can make a big difference in your recovery.
- Talk to your friends, a doctor, or counselor. Post-Traumatic Stress is often exhibited by the victims of car accidents. Talking to friends, family or a medical professional is one of the best ways to work through your feelings. Anger, disbelief, trauma, fear, anxiety, depression and other mental symptoms are common among car accident victims.
- Stay hydrated, your body and brain cannot function or recover without water. It is advised that you drink a minimum of 8 glasses per day.
- Don’t neglect your diet. It’s easy to give into take-out, order pizza and lose hope of being active again. Maintaining a healthy diet while you are injured will help you recover to the best of your ability once you are ready to begin treatment.
- Seek out and consult with an experienced Chicago automobile accident attorney. Keeping yourself up at night, wondering what you should do, isn’t helping you get anything done. A short conversation with an attorney who can give you some answers, and more importantly peace of mind could be exactly what you need to finally put your fears to rest.
If you or a loved one is struggling with stress, injury or trauma following a car accident, we are here to help. Call us at any time and we’ll be happy to answer your questions, schedule an appointment or refer you to a specialist who can help. Please call 1-800-Ask-A-Lawyer or 1(800)275-2529.