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Taking The Stress Out Of Recovery: Tips For Bouncing Back After Illness Or Injury

If you’ve been involved in an accident or you’ve been unwell, it can take time to get back on your feet. If you’ve had to take time off work or even give up your job, you may be stressing about money, as well as having to cope with pain and other unpleasant side-effects. It’s not easy to bounce back, but hopefully, this guide will come in handy.

Take your time

If you’ve sustained a serious injuryor you’ve been ill for a period of time, it can be tempting to try and get back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible. The trouble is that if you put pressure on yourself, or you try and snap back too quickly, you can actually do more harm than good. Take every day as it comes. Some days you may feel a lot stronger and brighter than others. Don’t rush yourself, and allow yourself time to heal.


Be practical about money worries

If you’ve taken time off work or your income has suffered as a result of an injury or illness, it’s essential to try and be practical. Money worries can be a source of anxiety and stress, but often, there is a solution. If you were injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, for example, in an accident at work, seek legal advice and see if you can claim for loss of wages. If you’ve taken time off work after developing an illness, check the terms of your employment contract, and see if you’re entitled to sick pay. If you’ve got bills to cover, and you’re struggling, contact the relevant companies, explain your situation, and see if you can come to an agreement to pay the outstanding fee in instalments or postpone the deadline.


Listen to expert advice

If you’ve got a team of highly trained health professionals caring for you, it’s wise to listen to them and take what they say on board. Follow instructions, don’t try and run before you can walk, and take good care of yourself. You may be bored of your armchair and daytime TV, but hang on in there. Try and look at the bigger picture. In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter if you have to take a few days or weeks off work or you have to miss out on a couple of social events? Your health should always be your priority. If you are struggling to get your head around what’s happened, or you have questions about your health in general or how an injury or illness could affect you in the short or long-term, don’t hesitate to ask for advice. The people who are caring for you, whether you’re in the hospital or at home, will be able to help.

Have you been battling an illness or trying to recover from an injury of late? If so, it can be difficult to be patient and to stay calm and relaxed. Try and give yourself time to recover, don’t hesitate to seek advice, and follow instructions from your doctors.

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