How to Use Self-Care to Heal Quickly
Self-care is a hot topic these days. We talk about taking days off work for mental health and self-care. We know the importance and know that we should be scheduling this into our lives.
What we often don’t realize, however, is that self-care doesn’t stop when you’re outside of your routine. We see it as a way to take a break from what’s going on, and reset ourselves so we can get back at it. When you’ve been injured in a car wreck, often one of the first things to head out the window are those self-care activities.
Let’s take a look at how the Car Crash Captain says we should ensure that we are taken care of, outside of what the doctors are recommending.
How to do Self-Care After a Car Wreck
This is not to be taken in place of what the doctors tell you to do. If it comes down to a self-care tip, or follow the doctor recommendations, absolutely do what the doc says. Our goal here isn’t to cover the stuff you know you need to do: go to your doctor, do your physical therapy, be open and honest with your personal injury lawyer, and the like.
Get Some Rest
The body heals when it rests. Far more than any supplement, medication, or diet change, your body needs to rest so that it can heal properly. Too many people, however, try to push this one to the back.
Our culture today says, “Go! Go! Go!” And if you’re not busy, then you’re lazy and doing it wrong. There’s nothing wrong with getting a lot done and experiencing that productivity you crave. But right now, healing is the productivity you need. That comes from resting, and letting the body do what the body does.
Go Get a Massage
After a wreck, your body can get disheveled. Joints might be out of place, and a visit to the chiropractor is in order. But there’s a bit more that’s going on here.
If your joints are out, and you have them moved back into place, you might experience a bit of pain. The body’s reaction is to tense up, and the muscles can actually pull your joints back out of place. That massage will relax and loosen you up so that the muscles won’t be undoing any chiro work you have done.
Take a Look at your Diet
One of the biggest things holding us back, is the way we eat. In all aspects of our health, even for those who have never been injured in a car wreck, small changes in the diet can dramatically change the way we feel and perform.
So, what needs changed? There is largely one thing packed into what we eat that is creating problems: sugar. That’s especially true with anything that’s processed. Sugar tastes good, we enjoy it, but it dramatically slows down how our body is able to heal. Eating more whole foods, and incorporating spices like turmeric (a natural anti-inflammatory) can help you feel better and heal faster.
Monitor your Fluid Intake
Our bodies are made up of 60% water. We function best, and heal best, when we have all that water replaced on a regular basis. Most people are actually chronically dehydrated, simply because we don’t bring in enough fluids.
But there’s a catch to that. Not all fluids are equal. We know that sugar is holding us back from our ultimate healing goals, but coffee (and other caffeinated beverages) and alcohol dry us out even more. Take care of yourself, especially as you heal from a car crash related injury, and ditch the sodas and alcohol so your body can make the most of the fluids you take in.
Keep Getting Rest
Yep, it’s on there twice because it’s really that important. If your body needs another week to rest and heal, take another week off of work.
During this time your only focus should be to heal. That’s why you have Herbert Law Group on your side; let us focus on the other stuff.
Get Help with the Legal Stuff from Herbert Law Group
Whether you were injured, or a family member lost their life, Herbert Law Group is here to take the stress away. You shouldn’t have to worry about that wreck and what’s going to happen in the next few weeks or months. And you don’t have to!
Let’s start it off with a conversation. Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we’ll chat about what happened, and determine how we can help.