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Sustaining an injury is never a pleasant experience. In one moment you can go from being fit, healthy, and able, to having to spend countless hours doing little else but waiting for your body to heal.
It’s, therefore, no surprise that many people – in fact, the vast majority – tend to struggle during their injury recovery period. The combination of a unique set of stressors and physical pain is nasty and complicates an already difficult process. Below, we look at some of the complications, as well as their possible solutions…
By far the most common issue you will experience when recovering from an injury is boredom, especially if you have injured your lower limbs and are struggling to walk.
While there is no “easy” fix for boredom, there are things you can do to lessen its impact – the most important of which is to prepare to be bored. Many people assume that a few books or their cell phone is all they need to while away the time, but later find that these options lose their appeal after days – if not weeks – of recovery. Look to develop a wide variety of different things you can do; puzzles, knitting, adult coloring, and so on – these ideas may not sound great right now, but after a period of inertia, they can begin to look very attractive.
2. Reliance on pain medication
In the aftermath of an injury, there’s a chance that you will be prescribed prescription pain medication. While this is often a necessary step – and can help alleviate a lot of the discomfort you are feeling – there is a need for caution.
The reason for this caution is simple: there is always a risk of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers – in fact, most painkiller addictions start with a genuine injury that requires treatment. As a result, be cautious of how you use your medication, never exceeding the maximum dose and ceasing use as soon as possible. If you suspect you have developed an issue, then read more here to explore the recovery options that may be available to you. You should also discuss the issue with a doctor, who may be able to prescribe medication that is less liable to cause addiction.
3. Feeling “out of the loop”
While you are waiting for your body to heal, the rest of the world will carry on – which can be a jarring and unpleasant realization. As a result, you may find that you quickly begin to feel “out of the loop”, which can create feelings of anxiety or depression.
Thankfully, you have modern technology to help overcome this issue:
Setup a specific group chat with your friends on WhatsApp or Skype and ask them to tell you anything and everything about their day.
If you are unable to work, ask your employer to forward work communication to you via email.
You could also ask to join any relevant meetings via webcam or Skype.
Call, email, or text a different friend or family member every day.
Additionally, you may also find starting a journal is beneficial. You can use it to detail your feelings, but also information about other people – things friends have said, cute things your kids have done, what your husband wore. By writing down all your observations, you’ll solidify these experiences in your memory, and provide a record of the fact you’re still very much in the loop throughout this period.