Thursday, February 20, 2020

Helping Your Partner Recover After An Accident

Nobody likes to receive a phone call from the police or the local emergency service to hear about an incident in which their partner was involved. It’s a highly stressful event. There might only be a few miles between your home and the hospital, but you can’t help to fear the worst during the short drive. You can hear your heart beating in your ears as you worry. But while stress disappears as soon as you understand that your partner’s injury isn’t alarming, the same thing can’t be said about their stress levels. 

Indeed, being involved in an accident can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. It is your role to help your partner deal with their demons during the recovery period. Their head is buzzing with worries about how to cope with the pain, how to regain their full health, or how to stop having nightmares about the accident. Your support is essential to their well being. Here’s how you can help: 

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Finding experts who can help 

Nobody needs to go through the recovery process on their own. While you can provide emotional support and guidance, you are not qualified to offer advice on their health or their finances. You can find experts who can provide dedicated services to help people after an accident. The first step is to get in touch with a physiotherapist who can help to design the right program of exercise and physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. It can be stressful for your partner to be stuck at home and unable to carry on with their usual everyday activities. Therefore, physiotherapy can provide reassurance that their body is on the mend. 
Additionally, being forced out of work during the recovery period will affect your household finances and cause worries. But you can get in touch with lawyers offering legal representation to personal injury victims to discuss whether your partner is due compensation. Indeed, money worries will slow down the recovery process and can force your partner to look for a job rather than focus on their health. 

Encouraging healthy habits

The body needs nutrients to heal. But sticking to a healthy diet when you’re overwhelmed by stress is tricky. Most people who have been injured tend to crave junk food as it feels like a reward meal. Unfortunately, after the first tasteful bite, the lack of nutritional value can slow down the recovery process and even affect their mood. Helping your partner to stay healthy with a simple and nutritious meal can make a great deal of difference. Nothing beats the comfort of oven-roasted veggies with some chicken breasts! And it’s full of goodness for the body. 

Discussing the trauma beyond the pain

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common condition to arise after a car accident. If you notice negative changes in your partner’s mood or the development of avoidance behaviors you should talk to your partner about it. Getting in touch with a professional therapist can help to control those negative emotions and free themselves to PTSD. 

When your partner has been involved in an accident, you need to become their rock during their recovery. The recovery process is not only long and painful, but it can be extremely stressful. Stress often comes in the way of healing. Recognizing early signs of stress, whether it relates to money, food or trauma, can help to prevent alarming issues. 

1 comment :

  1. Luckily I haven't had to deal with this but these are really important tips. This is a great post!