Recovering physically and mentally after a serious workplace injury is often an arduous journey. It can be hard to balance giving yourself time to recover and the need to get back to work as soon as possible. Especially when you are facing pressure from your boss and dealing with workers’ compensation lawyers. The latter is better than navigating the process on your own — as this website explains — but it can still be a stressful process.
The good news is that you don’t have to navigate the recovery process on your own, and there are ways to smooth over your recovery. Here are some tips that should be able to help you during this period of your life.
1 – Follow doctor recommendations
Your doctor and other medical professionals helping with your recovery will have advice and recommendations on what you can do to help your body heal. Depending on the severity of your injury, following those recommendations can require quite a fair amount of hard work and willpower.
However, the results are often worth the effort, so make sure you’re doing all you can to follow those recommendations. It may even be a good idea to enlist the help of a relative or friend. Someone to keep an eye on you and help you stay motivated.
2 – Learn more about your injury
While you should never take the advice you read online over recommendations from your doctor, it can still be a good idea to do your own research and try to understand your injury better. There is only so much information a doctor can give you during a regular consultation, after all, and learning more about your injury can give you a better understanding of the dos and don’ts you should keep in mind to help speed up the recovery.
You can also spend time looking into testimonials from other people who dealt with similar injuries and read about the challenges they dealt with during recovery. Knowing what to expect can make the process much less stressful.
3 – Don’t go back too soon
You may be able to go back to work before you are fully recovered, especially if your employer is willing to change your workload to accommodate your injury. However, this should only be done with your doctor’s approval.
Being stuck injured at home with no income can make it tempting to go back to work no matter what, however, returning too soon can lead to re-injury. And recovering from a second injury can take even longer than recovering from the first one.
4 – Talk to someone
Stress, anxiety, and even depression often arise as a consequence of a serious work injury. This isn’t surprising given how an injury can lead to quite a lot of pain combined with financial and professional uncertainty. During your recovery, make sure you’re not only looking after your physical health but your mental health as well. If you are in a dark place, talk to someone. Whether it be a family member, a therapist, or an online support group.
It is also a good idea to look up a list of trauma symptoms. If the accident has left you traumatized, you may find it very difficult to go back to work in the same environment, meaning these feelings need to be addressed sooner rather than later.