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Prioritize your mental health after a traumatic injury

Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. You might forget this when you have a traumatic physical injury to deal with.

Once your physical impairments begin to heal, you may notice how unwell you feel regarding your emotions and psychological well-being. Prioritizing your mental health during this time could optimize your recovery and protect you from developing serious psychological illnesses.

Set realistic goals for recovery

Depending on the severity of your physical injuries, it could take months before you regain your mobility and independence. In serious cases, your accident might have resulted in permanent disability. Set realistic goals for your recovery. Recognize that you may need to find creative ways to do the things you enjoy. Making your goals smaller and more attainable may prevent feelings of inadequacy that you might feel when you make too lofty of a goal.

Rely on your support system

Your support system could make a considerable difference in your ability to get through this uncertain time. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, your support system after a traumatic injury might include mental health professionals. These people can help you process the trauma you experienced, as well as educate you about healthy and productive ways of coping. Your support system can also include family, friends, a significant other and coworkers.

Celebrate your progress

Document your experience. Having something to look back on can help you see how far you have come. Celebrate your progress. This perspective may ease your mental strain and encourage you to continue reaching your goals.

Traumatic injuries can impact many parts of your life. Overlooking your mental health can have a detrimental impact on your recovery. Keeping tabs on both your physical and emotional healing could facilitate a sustainable recovery.