When life knocks you down (quite literally) sometimes it can be hard to get back up again and get your life back on track. Whether you have injured yourself playing sports, at work, or in a road traffic accident or are unwell with a serious health complaint, there is no worse feeling than being knocked for six and having to fight to get back up again.
Being injured or unwell is never nice, especially when you have a family to think about. Although no one wants to end up being unwell or injured, sometimes these things happen, and we just have to find a way to cope and make the most of a bad situation. It might not be easy, but when you have a family to think about, you have no choice but to get back up again, regardless of what knocks you down, and fight to get your health back on track, no matter how long it takes.
Studies have shown that often, the key to a speedy recovery after an illness or injury is putting your wellness before anything else. By looking after yourself – both mentally and physically – you can help to speed up your recovery time and get back on your feet more quickly.
To help you to recover more quickly from an accident or illness below are some wellness advice to take note of and implement. (You will feel better for it – that’s a promise!)
Rest and recuperate
It might be tempting to push yourself to do as much as possible, but this won’t aid your recovery, if anything it will just make the process longer. Listen to what your doctor tells you and do as you are told. If he or she asks you to stay in bed resting, do so. If they say it’s okay for you to rest on the couch but not do too much more than that, don’t push yourself and try and do more than is advised. Honestly, you might think that you are fine to push yourself but it’s important to realize that your doctor isn’t putting you on bed rest (or couch rest) for fun, it’s for a reason, and pushing yourself isn’t a good idea. Take the time that you need to rest and recuperate, and you will recover more quickly because of it – after all, they say that sleep is the best healer.
Get your finances sorted
The most stressful thing about being off of work due to illness or accident is the impact it will have on your finances. Of course, your employer may offer you sick pay, or the government may give you statutory sick pay, depending on where you work and how long you have been there for. Of course, you can only claim sick pay for a certain period of time, so if your illness or injury will take longer than a couple of months for you to recover from, you may want to look at your other options, such as going onto some sort of benefits, for instance. If the cause of your injury was someone else, such as because of a car accident where the other driver was at fault or because you slipped down the stairs at work, then it could be worth contacting an injury lawyer to see if you have a case. If you aren’t going to be able to return to work for a while, it could be worth doing, to ease the stress caused by the financial situation that you have found yourself (and your family) in.
Keep your mind occupied
Admittedly, being cooped up at home (or in the hospital) can drive you mad thanks to the boredom. However, you don’t have to be bored; it’s just a case of finding ways to keep yourself occupied, that’s all. By keeping your mind busy, not only will you reduce the boredom that you feel, but hopefully also any stress and anxiety that you are feeling. By focusing on something other than your illness or injury, you are less likely to be stressed and more likely to relax while you recuperate. To keep yourself busy in the hospital or while on bed rest, reading a book (or using your tablet or Kindle to read) is one option. Another option could be to do some adult coloring – this is incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Or, how about investing in a puzzle book and working your way slowly through it? If you are able to move around a little, then watching a TV series on Netflix could be ideal, as could playing board games or cards with your children. The busier you keep yourself, the better.
Being unwell or injured is never nice, especially when it means missing out on being with your kids or going to work, but when disaster strikes, it’s important to be positive about things and put your wellness first. Do this, and you will recover more quickly.