Getting back to optimum health following an injury can be one of the most stressful situations you’ll ever be put through. And it’s a bit of a Catch-22, because stress can actually slow down your recovery! Therefore, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you during the healing process:
1. Reduce stress
For many people, this is harder than it sounds. Stress causes your body to product hormones called cortisol in copious amounts. Cortisol can drop your metabolism levels, decrease circulation, lengthen the recovery process, and compromise your immune system. This last effect could put you at risk of incurring an infection and make it harder for your body to cope with that infection once it takes hold. Extended periods of stress can turn a simple bladder infection into a full-on crisis.
2. Eat healthy
Your body is going to be craving more protein than usual, and you should comply with that biological directive. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and if your physician thinks it could help, a protein supplement can provide your body with the sustenance it needs. Tissues and fluids can be brought back up to pre-accident levels with a steady diet of vitamins and minerals. A multivitamin might also help. Consult with a doctor to determine the course of action right for you.
3. Drink water
Your body is going to be put through the ringer, fighting bacteria, producing fluids, breaking down damaged tissue, and replacing that tissue with new tissue. All of these processes use water, so adding just one or two glasses every day can go a long way toward keeping the healing process hustling along smoothly.
Your body simply cannot heal adequately if you aren’t getting enough rest. A lack of sleep might not only prolong your injuries, but some of them may actually never heal, decreasing your quality of life from here on out. Avoid such debilitating conditions by taking afternoon naps and getting eight hours of sleep per night.
Just a little bit of light exercise can improve your metabolism, increase your circulation, and put you in a better mood. A doctor should be consulted so that you can determine what exercises would work best during your healing process. That way, you’re not overexerting yourself and aggravating an injury anew.
There’s one more thing you can be doing to help yourself on the path to recovery, and that’s consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Filing a claim for damages is one more stress that you simply don’t need in your life right now. By hiring a personal injury attorney to take care of this for you, you can decrease your stress and improve the healing process. Contact the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group today to put the stress of injuries and legal uncertainty behind you forever.
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