It can take time for your body and mind to heal after an illness or injury. If you’re on the road to recovery, here are some tips to help you bounce back safely.
Listen to the experts
Healthcare professionals undertake rigorous training and years of study to provide the best possible care for patients. If you’ve been in the hospital, or you’ve been receiving care from physical therapists following an accident, for example, it’s so important to listen to the instructions and advice they give you.
You may feel like you’re moving too slowly, or that you want to get back to work immediately, for example, but if your care team is advising you to rest and take time off, this is for your own benefit. Listen to experts and don’t hesitate to ask for advice or get in touch if you have any questions or you need help.
Make sure you have everything you need at home
If you’re recovering at home after a surgical procedure, or you’ve been in the hospital having treatment, it’s essential to make sure that you have everything you need to make a safe and speedy recovery. Your doctors will be able to advise you about any equipment you may need to help you get around or adjust after an operation.
If you need to find a provider for a catheter, you’re looking at wheelchairs or mobility aids, or you’re thinking about getting a new mattress to help with back pain, for example, ask your care team for advice, read reviews online and always make sure you choose reputable providers and retailers. It’s beneficial to have everything set up for when you get home. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family to help out.
Don’t put pressure on yourself
Everyone is different and we all react to injuries, illnesses and setbacks in different ways. The extent or severity of an injury or illness can affect recovery speeds and some people respond better to treatment than others. Try to avoid putting pressure on yourself to meet deadlines or keep up with others who may have been in the same boat.
If you know somebody who was back at work within a few weeks after having surgery on a back injury, this doesn’t mean that you are somehow a failure if it takes you longer to recover. Take each day as it comes. You may find that some days, you feel great, and others are much more challenging. This is completely normal.
Ask for help
Many of us are reluctant to reach out and ask for help, even though we would be more than willing to help others in the same situation. If you need a bit of help around the house or a friend to do your shopping for you, or you could use a bit of company while you’re recovering at home, for example, let your friends and family be there for you.
Illnesses and injuries can take their toll, and it can take time to recover. If you’ve been ill, or you had an injury, follow these steps for a smooth, safe recovery.