How to Minimize Stress Following an Accident

Suffering an accident can be the cause of a great deal of stress for many. The loss of income, mobility issues, relationship strains, and physical pain, to name a few, are all potential pressures facing an individual following an accident.

High stress levels are not beneficial in aiding a speedy recovery. So why not try these four useful tips for reducing the stress and getting you back on emotional track to better health.

1.   Count your blessings

This is sometimes easier said than done. When you are going through a difficult time, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. However, taking the time to sit back and evaluate all the good things in your life, and acknowledging that the situation could always be worse is an excellent way to build a more positive mindset. Maybe you can’t go to work, and you have financial concerns, but at least you are getting to spend more time with your family. Playing ‘The Pollyanna Game’is not about being naive to reality but about seeing a little light in the darkness.

2.   Manage your finances

Money may be a cause of stress for you following your accident, particularly if you have medical bills to pay or are requiring extended periods of time off work. Ignoring them will not make them go away and certainly won’t help you sleep better at night. Minimize financial stress by considering and taking action on:

  • Budgeting
  • Cutting back on non-essentials
  • Checking your employment terms and claiming sick pay if available
  • Using health insurance to assist with medical bills if applicable
  • Claiming compensation; can help with this
  • Exploring new income sources such as yard sales, selling homemade gifts, freelance work, etc.
  • Researching other possible benefits and financial aid available

3.   Accept help

It is easy to let your sense of pride, or even denial, prevent you from seeking support; but accepting help can play a significant role in alleviating stress. Simply talking to others about your stresses can help to reduce them, even if only temporarily. Support can come from anywhere, try:

  • Sharing your feelings with your family and let them help you with tasks you find challenging
  • Making sure you attend all medical appointments and follow the advice
  • Seeking professional therapy to manage stress and anxiety
  • Communicating with friends and not isolating yourself
  • Talking to your medical practitioner about concerns you have and letting them signpost you to further support
  • Seeking professional assistance for mobility and personal care if required
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4.   Practice relaxation techniques

If you are having a particularly stressful moment, then practicing relaxation techniques can be a great way to calm down and become more grounded. Well known techniques to reduce stress include yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, walking, coloring, reading, and listening to therapeutic music. Even taking up a new hobby can be a great way to distract you from your stresses and boost your mood, such as arts and crafts, or sports. Pick a new activity that is within your physical capabilities while you are in recovery, and dedicate some time to it each week for a little respite and distraction.


Keep calm and carry on recovering

You have enough on your plate without being overwhelmed by stress. Stay positive, stay organized, let others help you and allow yourself some breathing room to keep anxiety levels at a minimum, and bolster your recovery.

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