Don't Let Your Accident Define You
We're sorry to hear you were recently in a car accident. Lets start with creating the mindset it takes to make a full recovery.
Odds are you've experienced some sort of injury that somehow shaped who you are today. Years later, the healing has taken place but the thoughts and feelings surrounding the injury still shape our actions.
A car accident is no different. You wouldn't believe how many times we hear how a car accident from years ago, is still causing doubts and fears that determine our actions today.
YEARS LATER, THE HEALING HAS TAKEN PLACE BUT THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS SURROUNDING THE INJURY STILL SHAPE OUR ACTIONS.
You develop feelings of doubt, that things can never be the same. FOMO (fear of missing out) becomes real. You give up on activities that you used to love due to fear of re-aggravating the injured area. You convince yourself that you have a bad knee (back, shoulder, etc) and that nothing can be done. You become your injury.
The fear and doubt can come from a variety of sources. It can be developed internally through our own emotion and feelings. It can be unintentionally worsened by our doctors or stories from family and friends. Regardless, the end result is that our injury slowly begins to define who we are. We become self conscious about agreeing to a hike with the family because we’re scared will be the one slowing everybody down. We’re the person who used to play basketball with friends. At family functions we fade into the background because we’re convinced we’re the uncle with the ‘bad back.’
Our message to those who have recently been in a car accident: Don’t let you injury define you. Refuse to be a victim of circumstance. Strengthening and retraining the body after an accident takes work, but it is entirely possible. Convince yourself that you are capable. Build trust in your body by progressively challenging it in controlled situations. Take control.