Dealing with an injury or health setback can sometimes be the hardest part of a diagnosis. So many ‘what ifs’ run through our minds. Our lives are changed, but how severely, we wonder? In this post, we’ll focus on just a few of the important points to consider when dealing with life’s unplanned setbacks.
Face The Fear Head On
How many among us are guilty of going into ‘denial mode?’ “Aw, it’s not THAT bad!”
Why do we do this? Fear is at the core of it! We really don’t like to face what’s uncomfortable. Who could blame us there?! When we’re dealing with an injury or other health matters – this feeling is amplified.
Acknowledging your fear and choosing to face it head on may not be easy but it’s necessary. We can always hope for the best. But there are times your injury could be worse than you realize.
What happens if you choose not to receive medical attention and that choice leaves you permanently suffering with pain?
I was in a severe car accident a few years back that should have claimed my life. Due to a lack of health insurance, I declined medical care while sitting in the ambulance. Even though my reasons for doing so were legitimate, I’ve suffered the consequences. Please don’t do what I did!
Choose to deal now with what’s uncomfortable. You’ll be thankful you did later when your body is healing nicely.
Accept Quality Help
Whether your health condition involves chronic disease, injury or loss of limbs, it’s important to establish the best level of care and treatment available.
Consider less invasive options such as rehabilitation or physio. These medical professionals have seen injuries, ranging from mild to severe, day in & day out.
They’ll come up with a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Be Patient: Give Yourself Time To Heal
We always need to give ourselves time to heal, and often, this can be one of the hardest things to do.
We can all find ourselves in a situation where we don’t want an injury or illness to define us in some way. What happens next is we tend to try and defeat it in the only we know how: by moving on too quickly!
Have you ever had a wound that on day 1 or 2 wasn’t so bad? Then day 3 and 4 rolled around and you were in agony? The healing process in our bodies is automatic and necessary.
You need time to understand the level of severity, and time to come to terms with things. There may be treatments to take advantage or wounds needing to be healed. Mentally, your mindset needs time to adjust.
Rushing the healing process only prolongs your injury and can even lead to long-term, irreversible damage. Don’t do it!
Mentally Dealing With An Injury:
Plan on Persevering
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter-influences, opposition, or discouragementMeriam-Webster
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my perseverance has been pathetic! 😀
A health setback is usually always going to be a shock. No one plans to injure themselves, be wounded in some way or be subject to disease or illness and have their life altered.
If your injury is temporary, remember that! Don’t be so consumed with the here & now that you forget about your long-term health.
Always persevere with your plan to move forward and overcome. Whether that is medication, treatment or simply giving yourself time, never give up.
Research has even proven that thinking positively helps the healing process be much more effective in our minds & bodies!
It won’t be easy but dealing with the tough stuff today can ensure a better, healthier tomorrow!
Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions
You only get one body! Are we considering our bad habits and lifestyles creating the perfect storm for injuries and other diseases to occur?
- Is my pace in life too hectic? Do I need to slow down and re-evaluate my priorities? How can I accomplish this? (Then take small steps of action to correct what you see is wrong)
- What can I change, if anything, to prevent this kind of health issue in the future?
- Do I have any bad habits either creating, or worsening, my health condition?
- Have I been ignoring my health or injury because it’s difficult to face? Or due to a lack of health insurance or resources?
If you see yourself in any of these, or can think of your own, what steps can you take today to correct it? In my post about self-doubt, I discuss the difference between making short-term and long-term goals.
Setting yourself some short-term goals makes them seem much more attainable. Use your short-term success to gain long-term momentum. – Holly ♥ #goals #health #injury #bloggersTweet
Please don’t slay me for saying this, but just because someone holds the title of “Physician,” does not mean they know what they’re talking about!
Many of my readers don’t know this, but I spent years of my life bed-ridden. I have spent far more of my life sick than healed. It’s one of the reasons I chose the name, “Wholeness Haven.” (more on that later!)
What I found out through all of this, is the medical community is fallible. As the patient, you need to be educated on your health! I’m not saying be a smarty-know it all. Please don’t be. None of us know everything there is to know!
There are many phenomenal nurses, doctors and medical staffers in this world tirelessly dedicated to the cause of making us well. There are also some who simply don’t care & don’t listen! If you have one of the latter, move on and find a better fit for you.
Just remember: there will be times when they say or recommend something we don’t really want to hear. We must humble ourselves and listen. Then, we need to follow-through on sound medical advice.
Being stubborn and not taking care of ourselves won’t do anybody any good! Why waste our precious time?
Value Your Health
Do we value our health and wellness enough? Are we pushing ourselves too hard at the cost of our well-being?
Even seemingly small, positive changes, make for big pay-offs years down the line. Let’s not put off for tomorrow what we can take care of today.
Has dealing with an injury or physical limitation ever created problems in your life? What did you do to overcome? I’d love to hear your best tips & tricks!
Thanks for reading, friends. Please share if you found this helpful. ♥
Sending My Best To You,