Post-Trauma: Recovering From a Personal Injury

injured man with crutches with woman walking away from wheelchairAny traumatic event or a natural disaster does more than just damaging a property or a person’s physique. What’s worse than physical damage? Emotional toll, of course, as it results in a wide range of negative emotions. If it takes a lot of time to rebuild and repair a house or a building, the same goes in terms of recovering emotionally and rebuilding lives.

Here are some things to remember when dealing with your own emotional stress, or if you have a loved one who’s suffering from it:

Avoid thinking obsessively about the traumatic event

Painful experiences, when relieved repetitively, overwhelm your nervous system. It only makes it more difficult for a person to think clearly.

Ignoring your or one’s feelings will just slow the healing process

It might seem like a good idea to not talk about the disastrous event, but whether you pay attention to the emotions or not, these emotions still exist. Intense feelings will only pass if you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.

People have different reactions towards traumatic events and disasters

Don’t ever think that there’s a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to respond, because there isn’t. You should never tell yourself, or anyone else, what you should be feeling, doing and thinking.

If you really want to get rid of your emotional stress, you may do these things:

Move

Exercise helps in releasing endorphins and calming the nervous system. This will definitely help you put your mind somewhere else other than the ordeal you’ve been through. Once you notice how your body feels as you move, you will be having a different experience altogether.

Socialize

This might be a difficult thing to do because after a traumatic event, human nature would make you withdraw from family and friends, as well as social activities – however, this is essential to recovery. As much as possible, do things normally. Socializing doesn’t mean you have to talk about the traumatic event. You may also want to make new friends, and try out new things.

Reduce Stress

Stress, at a normal amount, is acceptable. In fact, it’s even helpful when it comes to facing the challenges that come after a traumatic event. However, too much stress will definitely get in the way of recovery. Deep breathing (60 breaths) is enough to quickly calm you in any situation. You can also listen to soothing or relaxing music, or you can also get a new pet. There are many different ways on how you can relax. You just have to experiment on a few before you find the one that best works for you.

 

If you are having trouble coping with emotional stress, you might want to contact us at 1-877-614-0008 for your legal needs.  Based in Vaughan, Conte & Associates works with clients in Vaughan and in the surrounding cities of: Thornhill, Woodbridge, Concord, Kleinberg, Maple and Richmond Hill. We will make sure to assist you with all your legal needs.

 

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