Ask Away Blog: Bouncing Back: How To Take Care Of Yourself After An Injury Or Illness

Bouncing Back: How To Take Care Of Yourself After An Injury Or Illness

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 
Injuries and illnesses can affect anyone at any time. Often, accidents happen when we least expect them, and it can be difficult to adjust. If you’re bouncing back after illness or an injury, here are some tips to help you recover quickly.

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Listen to expert advice

The most important step to take when you’ve been sick or you’ve been treated for an injury is to listen to expert advice. Take advice from your care team on board and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists have advanced training and they will issue guidance and instructions to help you recover as fast as possible without putting your health at risk. You may be advised to take medication, to do exercises to build your strength or to utilize systems or treatments for wound debridement to promote healing, for example. Listen to the team and try to follow the steps as best you can. It can be tempting to start using search engines to find answers or get tips or even to listen to friends and family, but bear in mind that the people caring for you have years of experience and training under their belts.

Take your time

If you’ve spent time in hospital following an accident, or you’ve been battling an illness, it’s crucial to take your time to recover fully. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get back to work or snap back into your usual routine. If you try and run before you can walk, or you push yourself too hard, this could be counter-productive. Trust your instincts and don’t worry if you have days that are tougher than others. Injuries and illnesses can impact your energy levels, and you may feel more tired than normal, especially once you start being more active. Listen to your body. If you’re exhausted, rest.

Recognize the psychological impact

For many of us, an injury or a period of poor health can take its toll on our mental health. We often focus our recovery on getting physically stronger and increasing mobility and activity levels, and this means that mental wellbeing can fall by the wayside. Recognize the impact of what’s happened, and don’t be afraid to admit that you’re struggling or that you're finding life tough. It can take time to process unexpected incidents and to cope with emotions. Try and talk as soon as you feel ready and don’t get angry with yourself if you have days when you feel down, you’re more emotional than usual or you lack energy or enthusiasm. It can help to speak to a friend or a family member, to see a therapist or to embrace activities that help you express yourself, such as writing or painting.

It can be difficult to bounce back after injuries and illnesses. If you’ve been involved in an accident, or you’ve been ill, it's critical to look after yourself. Give yourself time to heal, take expert advice on board and take steps to shield and protect your mental health, as well as your physical health.


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