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A serious injury can change everything. A split second and suddenly your whole life is set on a new course – and not necessarily one you would have planned for yourself. Rebuilding your life at any time is always going to be a challenge but with time you can create a new life for yourself that will be happy and fulfilled.
After any life-altering accident, the first thing you and your family should be thinking about is getting help. Though there is a lot of work for you to do yourself over time, a law company like Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP will be invaluable to you in getting compensation and making financial arrangements. At such a stressful time, having a professional who can guide you through the necessary processes will make a huge difference.
Once you have someone on your side dealing with the practicalities, you should focus on rebuilding your life. Taking it one day at a time, your main job right now is to recover as best you can and to turn your attention to the future.
Talking to Your Friends and Family
It is no understatement to say that we all rely upon our friends and family. They are there for us through thick and thin, ready to lend an ear to our troubles and do everything they can to make us feel better. This is even more true after an accident and your family are vital to getting you through tough times.
Suddenly suffering a disabling injury can make you feel isolated in your experience. It’s unlikely that your friends and family can completely empathize with what you are going through, but they do know and empathize with you. Talk your troubles through with them, let them be there for you and be honest about how you feel. While putting on a brave face might be easier in the short term, eventually, you are going to have to face your problems sooner or later.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
While you are busy focusing on your physical recovery, it is easy to lose sight of your mental health. Depression is common after suffering a life-altering injury and you should be aware of any significant mood swings or intense emotions. There is never any shame in feeling depressed or anxious, especially in these conditions and it is important that you talk to your doctor about what you are feeling as well as your physical progress.
Over time you are likely to work through the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Having your family and friends around you as you work through your emotions will help you to get through this difficult time. Talking about how you feel will allow you to understand and reframe issues to find either a solution or a way to accept what has happened. It takes time, but you will get there.
Finding New Meaning
Everyone has existential doubts and for some of us, the anxiety of finding a purpose or meaning in life can be damaging. After an accident, especially one that has had life-altering consequences, it is perfectly normal for you to experience your own bout of existential doubt.
When you have had change forced upon you, it can be difficult to let go of the life you had before and figure out a way of living now.
The good news is that because all humans have this type of doubt at some point, everyone you talk to will understand broadly what you are experiencing. Plus, as doubt tends to force us to rethink our choices and make different decisions, you already have all you need to find a new purpose or meaning in your life, even if it is far from your original idea.
Instead of focusing on what you have lost, try to think about the things you still have and what you can do. It is easy to get sucked into the negative, especially when you are having to learn how to cope with lasting injuries such as amputations or severe damage. Try congratulating yourself on any progress, however small it is and do more of the things that make you happy. Watch movies, listen to music, read books – whatever it is, make happiness your main goal for now and everything else will follow.
For a while, the only thing on your mind will be your recovery. You will notice every change, worry about how you may be affected and be consumed with the emotional fall out of your injuries. This is completely normal and given how much change there is for you to process, it makes sense that you will need time to come to terms with your new life.
However, there will come a time, no matter how long it takes, when you will begin to think about other things. Your future won’t seem so scary and you will be able to think more clearly about what you can do with your life. A major part of finding new meaning is figuring out how you want to spend your time. This sounds like a big deal, but it isn’t really. Take things one day at a time, then maybe start planning a little further ahead. Gradually, you won’t think so much about what has happened because you will start thinking more about what is happening now and what going to happen.
In other words, you will move on.
Rebuilding your life will always take time, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can work towards building a brighter future for yourself with the help of your friends and family, legal professionals who can promote your case, the doctors who will work tirelessly to improve your condition and with your own determination.
You have been the victim of fate, but don’t let that get in the way of who you can be. Remember how lucky you are and be grateful for something every day, even if it is just that it hasn’t rained. You can do it. You know you can.
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