Let’s admit it—we all do it! We make New Year’s Resolutions that we don’t or can’t keep. At Picking Up Pieces, let us help you with some easy & important resolutions for survivors of collisions.
As a survivor of a collision, you may try to look to the New Year in a different way and make resolutions regarding your recovery. Here are a few goals to set for yourself in the coming New Year for the different stages in your recovery journey.
Recently Diagnosed? Ask Questions!
Surviving a collision will likely make you feel so overwhelmed not being able to work while you also deal with financial, emotional & psychological issues not to mention chronic pain. While your doctor has your best interests in mind, don’t be afraid to ask questions about your current treatment plan and the options available to you. It is important to be an active participant in your health care as you go through your journey.
In Treatment? Ask for Help!
While going through your recovery, pain can make your everyday activities become seemingly impossible to do. Make a resolution to ask for help when you need it even with simple chores like cleaning, laundry and cooking but especially for important tasks like transportation to doctor’s appointments when you’re not feeling well or even for emotional support.
Join a Support Group
Surviving a collision is life changing. Whether you are having a tough time dealing with your diagnosis or you feel that your life has completely fallen apart, join an online support group to talk with others who are going through a similar journey. Some survivors experience a loss of friends or loved ones as they recover but when you join a support group, you have an opportunity to gain many new friends to help you through your journey. Please look on our website under “support groups” for more information.
Share Your Story
As a survivor, your collision and your recovery are a unique story. Take time to tell your story with other survivors sharing your personal struggles because your own experience can be educational and a source of inspiration. Sharing your story is a good way to bring awareness to the daily challenge you face after a collision. Whether you choose to use social media, a blog, a support group or a combination, sharing your recovery journey after your collision can be extremely therapeutic! If you don’t feel comfortable attaching your name to your story, write it anonymously.
Continue to Take Care of Yourself
As you learn to live as your new normal, take the time to continue to take care of yourself. Keep your health a high priority by taking time to exercise to your ability and eat well. Attending your doctor’s appointments and continuing with any prescribed medication is also important. Above all, remember that your collision does not define you as a person and that you are not alone in this journey.
Be Kinder to Yourself.
You may not be able to control how kind other people are to you, but you can always control how kind you are to yourself. This upcoming year, set the resolution to believe in yourself, respect yourself and to treat yourself well. Your should be proud that you have made it this far!
Keep A Journal
Journaling is a powerful life tool. It can help you to organize your thoughts, plan how to achieve your goals and to get in touch with your true feelings and wants. This is truly beneficial after a collision in so many ways.
In closing, a New Year is like a blank notebook. You get to write anything you want in it. Fill the first page of your notebook with your New Year’s resolutions. Use the above ideas as inspiration.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational and support purposes only.
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