Dealing with the Emotional Side of Injury
An unexpected injury can turn your life upside down. You may be forced to sit out the rest of the sports season, cancel your vacation plans, or completely change your line of work.
The uncertainty of the future and not knowing whether you will get back to normal again may bring to the surface a mix of emotions that can be difficult to control. If not handled appropriately, the consequences of emotional scarring may be worse than the physical injury itself.
Here are some coping strategies when dealing with the emotional side of injury:
- Accepting the Situation: Some amount of anger or fear is normal and to be expected after a serious injury, but don’t dwell on these emotions for too long. Allow them to pass and focus your energy on the reality of your situation and what can be done to improve your condition.
- Learn as Much as You Can about Your Injury: This would typically involve talking to your doctor to clarify all your doubts as well as doing independent research. The more you know about your injury and the treatment options available, the less likely you are to fall prey to anxiety and depression.
- Positive Mental Attitude: Self-doubt is a killer of dreams. Staying positive will help you keep all your follow-up appointments with your doctor/physical therapist and do whatever is necessary to maximize your chances of making a full recovery.
- Mind Over Matter: Your mind is arguably your most powerful tool. Research studies have shown that mental imagery and positive emotions may be used accelerate the healing process.
- Find a Support Group: Don’t give in to the temptation to isolate yourself from friends, teammates and family when you are injured. They will be able to offer emotional support and stability when your self-motivation is low. Having someone to talk to and share your burden can provide a tremendous boost to your confidence.
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