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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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