Getting Back On The Horse After A Fall

We all know that mental and physical health is linked. When something happens to your body, it causes the mind to flood with emotions like stress or anxiety. For example, take an accident. People involved in crashes and trips and falls suffer from PTSD. The brain is constantly reminding them of the dangers and encourages them to steer clear. It’s an evolutionary trait which puts safety first. 

The problem is that you can go your whole life living in fear. You may be alive, yet struggling daily with feelings of depression or anxiety. Something that helps those living with PTSD or after a physical injury is to get back to doing what you love, even if that includes going back to where you were injured. 

Here are the methods which are proven to work.

Take It Slow

Although you want to get back behind the wheel or in the saddle, your mind is a complicated organ. Daily, it processes millions of thoughts and has to figure out how to deal with them all. So, the last thing you want to do is flood it with negative info and emotions, or else it may lead to a breakdown. The initial step is to realize it’s a long journey back and you shouldn’t rush. Give the body and the brain time to adapt and recover after a traumatic incident. Baby steps include listening to your body and cutting distances in half.

Get Closure

The reason your brain is thinking about the incident is that you don’t have any closure. Something happened which caused you pain and that was the end. There wasn’t an investigation or an apology or anything to say it wasn’t your fault. You know it wasn’t, yet you can’t seem to shift the feelings of anger and sadness. Well...you can do that with a lawsuit. You can get legal help here if you’ve been in an accident. Don’t worry about the stigma of suing because you deserve a resolution. Plus, the compensation may come in handy regarding medical bills.

Vent

Stockpiling your emotions is inevitable. Those struggling want to appear strong and healthy because it’s the "thing" to do. Of course, it takes time to get back to full health. So, all you end up doing is putting more stress and strain on your body and mind. The key is to find someone you can speak to about the incident. Friends and family are always there, yet it may be embarrassing to talk about certain topics. If this is the case, you can find a therapist and work on resolving issues. 

Fake Confidence

You’re never going to feel better until you complete the process. Then, the brain will see that it’s nothing to worry about and will stop stressing you out. Of course, the first time is a scary and terrifying moment and will send shivers down your spine. There are plenty of excuses to back out, but it’s important to be strong to recover. Faking confidence is a fantastic tip. Tell yourself you’re fine and there’s nothing to worry about and you will start to believe the words.

Have you fallen? Where do you find the strength to get back up again?

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