What advice would you give someone dealing with the stress of an ongoing auto accident case?
Auto accidents leave a lot of damage behind (in addition to the wrecked vehicles). If you are in the midst of an auto accident case, you likely have a lot to worry about. All the stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health during a time when you are trying to recover from your injuries. Here’s some advice on how to deal with the stress of your auto accident case.
Find a Stress Outlet
Make sure that you have some kind of outlet or a way to de-stress. Whether you are dealing with physical injury, trauma from the accident, stress about the case, or a combination of those things, you’re not doing yourself a favor by ignoring it.
Find something that gives you joy, or allows you to release a little frustration – anything from listening to music to a workout at the end of each day. And, make sure that you communicate with your lawyer if you are struggling with the stress of it all. They will always act in your best interest and provide you with the resources and rest you need.
Rely on Your Family and Friends
No doubt going through an auto accident is a very difficult time. To deal with that stress, you have to take a few minutes to relax and take a long breath. It will help you to compose yourself. Then talk to any close friend and family member. Try your level best to handle the situation calmly. Don’t let other people rush you, be active, and go over the details of the accident.
Dr. Jared Heathman is a triple board-certified psychiatrist trained in the use of psychedelics for treatment-resistant mental health conditions. He is from Active Ketamine.
Consider Doing Yoga
Depending on your injuries, consider yoga as a daily exercise. Auto accidents can result in muscle tension, tightness, anxiety, and agitation. The psychological stress of a traumatic event can further exacerbate the physical pain. Yoga is both psychologically and physically calming. The music and motions reduce anxiety and frustration. The stretching and exercise aspects of yoga allow muscles to loosen up to reduce ongoing tension.
Focus on Self Care
Stress is a major issue for anyone who has an ongoing auto accident case. The stress can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as the uncertainty of the outcome, the lack of control over the situation, or even just the uncomfortable feeling of being in an unfamiliar place.
The first thing that you need to do is to take care of yourself. That means eating right and getting enough sleep and exercise. You should also keep your spirits up and stay positive. It’s not easy, but it will make things a lot easier in the long run.
Take Time Off Work And Talk to Others
The stress [after an accident] can be caused by:
- the uncertainty of what will happen next
- guilt for having caused the accident
To deal with these feelings and emotions, take time off from work for a few days to get back [your] composure. Take care of [yourself] and talk to others. Write down thoughts and worries on a piece of paper or in a journal so that [you] don’t think about them too much.
Take Some Off-Grid Time
It almost goes without saying, but having great counsel is the first step to minimizing the stress associated with your legal case. If you trust them completely to get results, your stress levels will be greatly diminished. Within reason, your counsel should also act as emotional support- you should find them easy to talk to and get along with.
Even speaking frankly and honestly, however briefly, with your counsel, can let off a lot of steam. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your counsel, find someone going through something similar and connect with them. There are support groups available online these days.
Otherwise, I always tell my clients to try and take some ‘off the grid’ time, where you completely switch off from the outside world – no internet, no TV, no phone, no radio. Use this time to do something you enjoy, whether that be reading a book, listening to music, or going for a walk. Even if you only set aside 30 minutes a day, it can be a real tonic. Our lives are too often 100 miles an hour these days, a fact exacerbated when going through any kind of legal case.
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