One of the biggest obstacles people face when they're injured through sports or a car accident is change. So many people are afraid of change because it means growing and stretching, learning to be something different than what you've known for so long. However, when you refuse to change and you're trying to heal from an injury, the resistance only creates more issues.
The first, and sometimes biggest, change that must be made is in your level of physical activity. This may mean how much or how hard you work, your gym schedule, the standing tennis match every Tuesday, and even house cleaning. Your perspective on these things MUST change if you are going to heal from this injury. It may even mean changing your perspective for the rest of your life. But, this is a good thing. Shift is always a good thing. Most acute injuries caused by car accidents are extremely painful and can often result in long term injuries if not cared for properly during the healing process. Proper care must be taken to allow your body the time and opportunity to heal, or quite frankly, it won't.
The body, mind, spirit, and emotions all work together to create a balanced state of wellness from injury. Often times people will experience mild depression and can even confront issues of self worth during the healing of an injury. This can be because of how they are forced to change how or what they do to contribute to the household and society. It is important that you think about the long term affects of cleaning the house, pushing it at work, or exercising before your body is ready. Beyond this, the mind can also be challenged with the messages of pain, discomfort, and immobility. It is important to remember to pay attention to these messages while utilizing the mind as a tool rather than becoming a slave to it. The mind can be very powerful when it comes to healing the body. Positive thoughts and emotions of health and wellness go a long way in the process of pain management and ultimate wellness. Most people who have been injured and maintain a positive attitude heal quickly and easily. Once all of these things are addressed, the body is allowed to heal. There are no negative thoughts or emotions pulling at the body and the injury is allowed to heal.
Although injuries are not usually a welcome messenger of change, they do demand it. Pain is the body's way of warning you that something is wrong. Allow an injury to be an opportunity for growth, healing, and increased awareness.