Adjusting to Life after Accidents & Injuries
It’s no secret that adjusting to life after an accident or injury can be hard. Both short-term and long-term disabilities require a recovery process that tends to be a huge adjustment—physically, emotionally, financially and socially.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who can no longer pick up your kids, an athlete who is being forced to live a lifestyle too sedate for your liking, or an on-the-go person confined to crutches and embarrassment, there are critical steps in the adjustment process that will not only make recovery easier, but more enjoyable.
How many steps are you going to take today? How often will you make it to physical therapy? These may seem like insignificant questions, but once you ask yourself questions like this, you can make goals that will aid in your recovery.
Do you have a spinal injury? Are you plagued by constant headaches? Are your bones severely broken? No matter your injury, setting goals will help you get back on track to living the life you had before your injury. Start by setting small goals that will lead into larger ones. Setting and accomplishing goals will help you focus on something other than your injuries and give you a sense of fulfillment.
Keep to a Daily Routine
A daily routine will help you take your recovery day by day. Try to wake up at the same time each morning, take a walk to enjoy the outdoors, eat healthy meals, keep appointments and do things you would have done before your injury. Though it may seem overwhelming, a daily routine is the best way to get things feeling normal again.
Have a Positive Mentality
Think positive, be positive. Don’t let yourself wallow in your injuries—it’ll only make you feel worse about what has happened. Instead, smile, pick yourself up and think of every day as a new day to improve and see the world through different eyes. Try keeping a journal and recording something new you are grateful for each and every day—gratitude can make you happier and make your troubles seem less daunting.
Ask for Help
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help when you need it. You have a network of people around you that may not want to step on your toes by offering their help. Ask them. If you are in a new place without any friends and family, reach out to neighbours—you’d be surprised how willing most people are to contribute in some way.
Knowledgeable counsel from Kenneth Cristall Law is just a phone call away. Make sure you get the help you need; recovery shouldn't be a one-person process.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
If you have a bad day every once in a while, don’t worry. There will be off days, low days and frustrating days, but that doesn't mean you aren't improving. If you feel like your recovery is going backwards and not forwards, set some new goals. Though you may be injured, you can take it as an opportunity to slow down and focus on the good things in life you were too busy to notice before.
If you've been wrongfully injured, don’t hesitate to contact Kenneth Cristall Law as soon as possible. We’ll get you the help you need during such a difficult time.
- DON’T accept the initial liability assessment provided by ICBC. It may not be in your favour and may not serve you well in the future.
- DON’T assume that just because you are a pedestrian or a cyclist that the law is on your side. There are special provisions in dealing with the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and cyclists.
- DON’T assume that ICBC has your best interests in mind.
If you would like to learn more about what to do after an accident, call Kenneth Cristall today! We proudly serve clients from Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Richmond and Langley.
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