How to Relax and Recover after an Injury

Picture1How to Relax and Recover after an Accident

Have you been injured in an Olympic Peninsula motor vehicle accident? Are you struggling to recover from your accident injury? A car accident causes much more damage than just physical injuries. Emotional injuries is a type of accident injury that many accident victims fail to recognize. Many people will suffer from negative psychological issues after a car accident. It is important that you know and look for symptoms of anxiety and emotional distress as you work to recover from an accident.

Common symptoms of anxiety following a car accident include but are not limited to:

  • Inability to relax
  • Lack of energy
  • Problems with sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of anger, confusion, and worry
  • Rapid breathing, sweating, trembling, and increased heart rate
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • The urge to avoid certain situations
  • Having a sense of impending doom, panic, or danger

There is good news—you can recover from the anxiety that is a natural reaction to being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Be patient with yourself and recognize that you will need time to recover from an accident injury. You may want to talk to someone about the accident, like a friend, relative, or a professional who is trained to help accident victims suffering from anxiety. One of the most important things you can do is to allow yourself to relax as you recover from your accident injury. Relaxation is some of the best medicine you can “take” as you recover from a motor vehicle accident.

Ways You Can Relax after an Olympic Peninsula Vehicle Accident

Taking care of yourself and relaxing after an accident is an important part of the recovery process for an accident injury. Here are some ways you can take care of yourself and relax:

Eat healthy, well-balanced meals: It is important that you give your body the nutrition it needs to recover from an accident injury. A healthy, well-balanced diet will help you heal from your physical injuries while also giving you more energy so you can get up and around as you recover. The Port Townsend Food Co-op has locally grown vegetables and fruits. You can also find a selection of organic fresh produce and antibiotic-free meats at Country Aire Natural Foods.

Get plenty of sleep: You need plenty of rest as you recover physically and emotionally following a car accident. Your body and mind will heal much faster if you get plenty of sleep. If you are having problems sleeping, you need to discuss this with a physician.

Exercise: If your physician approves, take a walk or exercise as directed by your physician. Physical activity is a wonderful way to improve your mood and relieve stress. The Olympic Peninsula area has beautiful parks and campgrounds where you can find a peaceful walking path for a relaxing afternoon stroll.

Yoga and/or meditation: Yoga is a form of low-impact exercise that is often very relaxing. Combining yoga, stretching, and meditation can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. We have several yoga studios in the Olympic Peninsula area, including Kula Yoga Studio, Prosper Bodyworks, Body & Soul Yoga, and the Olympic Peninsula YMCA.

Massage: A massage is another great way to relax, relieve tension, and reduce anxiety. Check with your physician before having a massage to ensure this will not aggravate your physical injuries from the accident. If your doctor does not recommend a full body massage, consider having a mani-pedi spa day.

Listen to music: Find your favorite radio station or put in your favorite CD, sit back, enjoy your favorite beverage, and focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Music has both a calming effect as well as an ability to lift your mood.

Aromatherapy: Many people find the scent of lavender or tea tree will help calm and soothe. Check with local health food stores for essential oils that help relieve stress and anxiety.

Take an art class: Hobbies are a great way to relax. Find something you are interested in and take a class. The Olympic Peninsula Art Association has several workshops. Northwind Arts Center also offers several different classes.

Keep a journal: Writing can be a great way to relax and keep up with your recovery. When your attorney asks you questions about how your accident injury has impacted your life, your journal can help you remember your physical pain, emotional suffering, and the things you were unable to do because of the accident.

Contact an Olympic Peninsula Personal Injury Law Firm

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, your first priority is your health. Your second priority should be to hire experienced legal counsel. The personal injury attorneys of McMenamin & McMenamin, PS want to help relieve the stress and anxiety of dealing with an accident claim. Let us deal with the insurance company and others on your behalf while you focus on your recovery. Call today.

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