Whether you’re lucky enough to be fulfilling your life’s calling or just appreciating the opportunity to make some money, work brings value and meaning to life. Sadly, when an accident or injury occurs, it can make working difficult or even impossible. Depending on the extent of the injury, you may face permanent changes to your body, including and reduced ability to work or other physical challenges. Since such injuries often lead to dramatic changes, you may also experience depression and anxiety after your injury. While the accident may have been out of your control, there’s quite a bit you can do to move on with your life and move toward a bright future.

Self-Care as You Mend

In the wake of such upheaval, you need to be your own first priority. Make sure that you get adequate sleep each night. If needed, build some nap or down time into your day. Getting proper rest will allow your body to recover quickly and this will help you keep your mind clear for making any major decisions.

Make sure that you are also physically active to the extent that you can be. Even if it’s just a few minutes of stretching or a quick walk around the block, gentle exercise will help keep your joints supple, muscles agile, and your mood elevated as you tackle the challenges related to restoring your life. Talk to a doctor or a physical therapist about the best exercises for your situation.

You should also remember to eat a nutritionally balanced diet regularly. You may be tempted to binge on your favorite comfort foods, but this may not be a great idea. It is okay to indulge every once in a while, but focusing your diet on healthy foods will help you feel better about yourself, and ensures that you will have the energy that you need.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It may be tempting to try and do everything on your own, but this is not the wisest course of action. In addition to seeking help from your doctor, make sure you see any specialists that they recommend. No matter your skill level in taking care of yourself, your recovery will be better with a trained professional. If you are struggling in certain areas, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for support. They care about you and want to help you.

If your medical bills are beyond your ability to pay, consider talking to a personal injury attorney about worker’s compensation. Most businesses are required to carry some kind of insurance against work accidents, and an attorney can help you access that insurance. When you return to work, don’t be shy about asking your company’s human resources department for any accommodations you may need to perform your job.

Your workplace injury was unexpected and has already had a major impact on your life. Fortunately, the steps mentioned in this article can help you move confidently toward your future.

Author's Bio: 

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.