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4 Health Tips To Recover From Your First Car Accident

4 Health Tips To Recover From Your First Car Accident

Whether you’re involved in a fender bender or a major car crash, your body goes through a lot of stress. Both your mind and body will need to recover from any accident, and you’ll probably require a doctor’s care. After your first car crash, think about these health tips so that you can recover as quickly as possible.

1. It’s normal to go through shock

After an accident, you might emerge from the vehicle with wide eyes and shaking limbs. This reaction to the situation is perfectly normal. Your body has just released a lot of adrenaline into your bloodstream, which will help you deal with the immediate situation.

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The entire scene may seem dreamlike at first. Ideally, sit down and allow yourself to recover from this initial shock. You may still be in shock hours or days later, it really just depends on the person and situation. Whatever you experience, know that it’s completely normal to experience shock and you will be okay. Reach out to family members and get the proper medical help that you need.

2. Visit the hospital and secure documentation

From bruises to broken bones, your injuries will need to be evaluated by professionals. Go to the hospital, and allow the doctors to give you a complete evaluation. Request a copy of the information so that you know exactly what you are dealing with as therapy and recovery continue.

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Contact your loved ones as the situation calms down at the hospital. You’ll need the emotional support from your loved ones after an accident. If you need any prescriptions to heal, make sure you have plans to get them filled as soon as possible so that you have all the necessary medications. Don’t forget to tell your doctor any prescriptions  you’re currently taking and make sure they won’t need to be altered for the new medications or healing process.

3. Pay attention to emerging medical problems

You may be thrilled to have few medical issues immediately after the crash, but there might be more issues that develop with time. The body will often cover up certain effects, such as pain, because of the adrenaline rush mentioned above.

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When you return home and recover, pay careful attention to any pains that seem to suddenly appear. Whiplash and other ailments are notorious for showing up days or weeks after a car crash. It might be helpful to keep a journal of your injuries so you can track how the healing process is going. This could come in handy if you have to return to the hospital or a doctor with future developed injuries or to report or injuries that were supposed to be healing.

4. Report every detail to the insurance or a lawyer

Your auto and medical insurance policies will need every detail of your crash written out for documentation purposes. At this point, you may want to hire a personal-injury lawyer, who can help you with accident rights. A first-time accident is a confusing situation, but an attorney can simplify the process. You want to be fully covered for all of your injuries and vehicle damages. By securing documentation, you will do your part to ensure that the legal process goes as smoothly as possible.

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If your car crash is a significant one, try to remain as still and calm as possible. Call emergency responders, and allow them to evaluate you. Don’t try to move until professionals say you’re clear to do so. Back injuries can be quickly complicated if you move immediately after a major crash. Treat your health as a priority, and you’ll recover nicely from the trauma.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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