• Jenn Tomko

How to Overcome Challenges From Life-Changing Injuries

Updated: Apr 27




An injury can happen in a split second; that event could easily change your entire life. Anytime that one’s life is interrupted in such a disastrous way, it can be an incredibly discouraging experience. However, it doesn’t have to be that way forever. Here are some tips to overcome that life-changing injury that’s happened.

Adapt

Many victims of life-changing injuries see their lives as though they’ve ended. Instead, adapt to your situation. Your life isn’t over by any means; this is just a new chapter in your life. Things are going to be different. A serious car wreck may leave you unable to drive, for example. Patients who have head trauma may find themselves unable to remember things clearly. Many injuries can prevent you from continuing to work a normal job, and this can be a major part of your life you have to adapt to. If your injury has left you unable to work, consider seeking out disability to provide you income while you recover. People often find themselves in denial about their situation, and this is also something you’ll have to overcome. Before you can adapt, you must acknowledge the changes. 

As you’re adapting, always remember that it’s perfectly normal and fine to be emotional. It’s a natural part of the healing process. If your health allows, try to create a routine that you can stick with, even if you feel as though you’re not doing enough. Routines give us some sense of stability; it’s something you can control when there are so many things changing. It’s difficult, but don’t be hard on yourself! You’re often your own worst critic. If you’re trying to adapt, you’re doing a great job.

Reach Out

You’d be amazed at how many other people find themselves in situations like yours. Reaching out to others can help you to overcome that injury you’ve experienced. If you have a support system around you, consider that as a blessing. Friends and family always lift your spirits. However, you may have to also find your own encouragement elsewhere. You never to have live in silence! From counselors to support groups, there are always resources to meet and talk with others. It’s very healthy to have a safe place to vent.

Find the Positives

There is no doubt that your situation may leave you feeling negative. It may seem cliché to say, but there is so much power in positivity. Sure, there may be things you can no longer do, but don’t let that get you down. Instead, focus on what you can do. For example, if you’ve begun to adopt a healthier lifestyle, that’s a good thing. You’re still alive, and that’s amazing. If you’ve joined a support group and made friends, you should feel proud of that. To keep track of your blessings, consider starting your own journal. Anytime you find your sun through the clouds, take a moment to track it. Celebrate any progress. Also, don’t be afraid to spread the positivity around; it’s contagious! Be proud of the strides you’ve made.

Trauma is real, but it doesn’t have to define who you are. Your life is about more than that injury that happened. The power to change everything is in your hands. By adapting, reaching out and staying positive, you’ll still have a long and happy life ahead of you.




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