Getting into a car accident can be a life-altering, emotionally difficult experience that is challenging to recover from on a physical and emotional level. And whenever you get into the car, you are at risk of getting into a serious accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the U.S., 2 million people sustain injuries in a car accident. If you recently incurred injuries in a vehicle crash, these tips can protect your emotional health as you recover.
Stay connected with others
You may not want to think about the accident after it happens but talking about it can help your recovery process. Consider talking to a close friend, family member or counselor about what you think about the accident and how you felt when it happened.
Get back to your routines
Getting into a traffic accident may limit what you can do, especially if you sustained physical injuries. Even if you feel uncomfortable returning to normal life, try to gradually get back to your normal everyday activities.
Make exercise a priority
Try to participate in physical activities that do not aggravate any of your injuries. Talk to your doctor about what kind of exercises you can do safely during the recovery period.
Experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress is a common experience after getting into a car accident. Although it may take time to recover, protecting your emotional health as you heal from your physical injuries can help you move forward following the collision.