Some Help for Healing Emotionally After a Car Accident
Last updated Thursday, April 11th, 2019
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, taking care of your physical injuries is the first priority, but it’s just as important to pay attention to your emotional needs. The trauma of an accident can leave you feeling vulnerable and afraid. Your emotional needs are an important part of your recovery process, and can help you heal physically as well.
Take Care of Yourself
After an accident, the temptation to curl up and zone out for a while is understandable, but don’t let that first reaction become a habit. Try this instead:
- Get some exercise. If your physical condition allows it, sticking to your previous exercise routine is a good idea, but check with your physician first. It may be that getting outside for a walk and some fresh air is a good first step toward healing. Getting outside will help your emotional state as well.
- Fuel your body. It’s important not to neglect your body’s need for nutrition. Take care of yourself by enjoying regular, healthy meals and snacks.
- Stick to your regular routine. The routines of exercise and regular meals will help your body deal both physically and emotionally with the trauma of the accident, putting you on the path to healing.
Get Good Rest
Sleep is a gift. Our body uses it to heal both physically and emotionally. If you’re having trouble sleeping after an accident, a regularly scheduled bedtime along with a before-bed routine may help. Choose a designated time for bed. Prepare for it with a warm bath followed by comfortable pajamas and a healthy snack. Making your bed each morning means you’ll enjoy getting into it each night, so don’t neglect this simple, but powerful, gift to yourself.
Stay Involved in Life
If you’re able to go back to work, this routine can be very healing. Stay involved in your previous hobbies, or start new ones. Go out with friends and find ways to help others. Giving back to others always makes us feel better.
Talk to Someone
It may help to talk to a friend or family member about your accident. If you’re really struggling, contact a counselor or ask for help through your place of worship. They are willing and able to help.
The attorneys at Skaug Law understand the difficulties accident victims face, and we’re here to help in the legal arena. Contact us today!