If you are recovering from an injury, there are a number of things that you need to focus on in order to ensure that you have the fullest and best recovery possible.
The plan for your recovery will largely depend on the injury you have sustained and the treatment that you have received for it. For example, you may have had an operation with a complex linear closure which is likely to provide a better prognosis for recovery that a different type of closure.
Here are some tips to help you to manage your recovery.
Listen To The Advice Of Your Medical Professionals
Whether you have had advice from a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or a physiotherapist, whatever a medical professional is telling you will be based on their knowledge and experience. To ignore this advice may mean that you are setting your recovery back considerably.
A physiotherapist may give you exercises to complete which may be difficult at first. To not do them because they are too hard may mean that you miss out on the chance to fully recover in that respect. The idea that you do those exercises at that stage in your recovery will prevent them from becoming too difficult as things progress.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
Being laid up or unable to do certain activities that you enjoy can cause you to become depressed. Looking after your mental health is ever more important when you have had an accident or an injury as you may have complicated feelings of negativity toward the incident. Talk to friends and family and let them know how you feel. Try and keep as mentally active as possible if you are not able to get about much. You can do this by reading, writing, or any activity that requires you to mentally engage with it. Avoid passive activities such as watching too much TV as this may not be so helpful.
Look After Your General Health
Sleeping may be difficult after an injury, particularly if you are laid up. You should try and maintain regular sleeping patterns though as this will be better for your mental state. Not getting enough sleep, or not keeping to a routine can lead to depression.
Make sure that you are eating a healthy balanced diet. You may be unable to burn off calories, so eating less unhealthy food and more vegetables will be key here. It may be tempting to comfort eat, however, this will have a worse impact on your health during injury than it usually would have. Try and snack on fruit instead.
Drink plenty of water. Hydration is great for so many different parts of your body so it is vital that you keep this up. Drinking plenty of water will also help you feel fuller so you will be less inclined to snack.
Try and work out some exercises that you can do around your injury. There may be other unaffected body parts that you can work on. Speak with your doctor or physiotherapist for suggestions.