Healing from Trauma: Physically and Mentally
An whether you have a car accident, slip and fall at work, or a product you trust fails and you sustain an injury is always traumatic. You have suffered some sort of sudden impact that causes physical damage to your body. Your body and mind go into “crisis” mode, which is part of your survival instinct. And depending on the severity of the injury, the trauma can extend to other areas of your life—halting your normal routines, affecting your ability to work, and even sometimes affecting your ability to perform basic tasks. It’s all part of the trauma—a complete life disruption.
But here’s the good news: our bodies are designed to heal. It might take some medical intervention to help the process, but over time, bones start to mend, bruises fade, damaged tissue begins to repair itself, etc. As we make visible progress toward recovery from the trauma of an accident, our minds, emotions, and outlook begin to improve, as well.
As it turns out, achieving wellness of the mind is an important step toward recovery. Research shows that a positive mindset can have a measurable effect on accelerating the healing process. So let’s talk about some ways we can encourage visible progress and a positive mindset when recovering from trauma.
Mark Progress as It Happens
The healing process happens gradually—so gradually, in fact, that we don’t typically notice it while it’s happening. We instead notice it after it has started—for example, we notice we have less pain, or bruises look better, etc. One way to benefit from the healing process is to log the progress as it happens. Try journaling about your healing experience, making notes to observe improving pain levels and recovered mobility, etc. You can also take periodic photos of your injuries and compare them to see the results. Create a written and/or visual record of the recovery so you can be encouraged by the progress—which, in turn, improves your mindset, which, in turn, helps the healing accelerate…and so on.
Lean into Therapy
Physical therapy can be challenging and even painful—but it works. If you’re dealing with psychological issues due to the trauma, psychotherapy can also help. Don’t avoid these helpful resources—instead, lean into them. You’ll see better and faster results as you do so.
Don’t Wait to Seek Compensation
Accidents, especially those that cause catastrophic injuries, are expensive, and let’s face it—the financial strain of an accident can weigh very heavily on your healing process due to the added stress. Financial wholeness is just as important as physical and mental wellness, and many people forget that financial compensation for injuries is part of becoming whole. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, the sooner you file a personal injury claim, the faster you can get the financial piece covered—which can reduce your stress and help you focus on recovery.