Were you speeding and been in a car accident? If yes, then you know how overwhelming it can be to deal with all the legalities, as well as coping with the physical wounds as well as the emotional trauma.
According to the National Center for PTSD, ” In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents. One unfortunate consequence of the high volume of commuter and personal travel in the US is the number of accidents that result in personal injury and fatalities. In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents. Thus, MVAs account for over three million injuries annually and are one of the most common traumas individuals experience.”
If you’ve been in an accident, you probably have had or are still having multiple feelings that have occurred at the time of the accident and/or in the days and weeks following it, such as:
- Anxiety about driving or riding in vehicles
- Panic Attacks
- Nightmares or trouble sleeping
- FlashbacksThese are proven effective tips to help you cope with the trauma after your car accident:
- Talk to friends, family or a counselor about what you experienced. Express yourself, your thoughts, feelings and what you did at the time of the accident. Please rest assured that your reactions to the stress of the car accident most likely will resolve with timely interventions.
- If other family members were also involved in the crash it helps to talk about the crash as a family…without blame and without anger. Share your experiences with unconditional love and with an attitude of gratitude for being alive.
- Try prayer or asking for prayer from others such as your local church or synagogue.
- Try to stick to your normal routine that you had before the accident occurred.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Discuss with your physician your options for staying physically active that won’t bother your injuries from the accident.
Life is so precious and no one really knows how long it will take for you to heal physically and emotionally from the trauma. So, just keep pressing on, putting one foot in front of the other. Try to take small baby steps every day in going forward, day by day. Be gentle on yourself and get lots of rest…and don’t forget to have a good belly laugh every day! Laughter is the best medicine.
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