Illnesses and injuries account for over 1 million workdays lost in the United States. It is thought that there are over 60 million visits to doctors’ offices every year because of injury. There are lots of reasons for these injuries, but it’s clear that clumsiness isn’t always to blame. Unfortunately, the problems that stem from an injury or long-term illness are quite far reaching. Many injuries can leave you in pain or even permanently disabled. So how can you get your life back on track when you’re facing such a big changes like this?
Taking time off from your job because you’re unfit to work isn’t fun at all. In fact, it can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. The biggest concern of all might be financial, especially if you have a family to support. Worry and stress about these issues can hinder your recovery, and even lead to further long term illness. So how can you ensure you are fit and well enough to return to your duties as quickly as possible?
It’s important not to rush back to work until you have had time to heal. There might be emotional and mental scars to account for as well as the physical ones. Of course, boredom isn’t good for your mental or emotional well-being either. It can impact your sleep quality, and even lead to weight gain. Boredom can also leave you feeling unuseful. Beating that feeling of ‘nothing to do’ is essential if you want to stay positive about your future prospects. When you’re suffering from a long-term illness and the unpleasant side-effects of treatments, try not to spend lots of time on the sofa. Over time, though, it causes weight gain and can leave you feeling blue
Instead of lying down, try some gentle movements and exercise. Read a book instead of watching TV. Take short walks around your favorite park. Why not learn something new by starting a distance learning course? You could resurrect an old hobby. Of course, your goal is to get back to work. Can you take on an hour or so each day of lighter duties from home?
Who Is To Blame?
Addressing the cause of the accident can sometimes be helpful. Many people are hurt long-term by the carelessness or negligence of others every year. It’s important to use legal representation to help you get back the financial losses you’ve suffered. Did you know that accidents that occur outside of your home are often caused by someone else’s neglect? Trips and falls are very common and can be caused by uneven sidewalks, obstructions or debris left in your path, or other careless pedestrians. In many cases, you have a right to compensation for your injury.
When it comes to illnesses, there may still blame. Industrial negligence can pollute water supplies and cause cancer and other long-term ill health. Poor working conditions can also make you ill. Did you know that workplace stress is an illness that might have been caused by your employer’s negligence? Once you know you have a case, you can start to look forward to a resolution and future prospects.
Accept There May Be Changes
When you’ve fallen ill or had an accident that prevents you from working for a while, you might feel frightened that you’ll stay this way forever. Everything changes. That includes your current condition. However, this might mean that you need to accept things will not be quite the same as they were before. Accepting these changes is hard to do and can often require counseling. Ultimately, you’re looking for ways to adapt or do things differently so you can still get back to work soon.
Accidents and injuries often require long term physiotherapy to improve your mobility. Some surgeries and illnesses also heal better with specific exercises. There are many you can try to help you heal. Some might be used to improve your overall fitness. You might find they help your general health to improve too. Yoga is one of the best ways to give your health a boost. It can strengthen all of your muscles, beat stress, and help you to focus your mind too.
Yoga, like walking, can be as gentle as you need it to be. It can be performed in your living room or out in your garden. Walking can take you around a park, along a beach, or simply to the local store and back. Of course, you don’t need to do any of these with a specific purpose in mind. It might help motivate you to exercise on your toughest days if you did have a purpose though.
Many people in desperate need of cures seek alternative therapies to help. There are mixed feelings about many that are widely available on the market. Whatever you do try, it’s important you keep your doctor updated about what you are using. Sometimes medications can become less effective or mix badly with other ingredients.
It is often the simplest approaches that can feel most effective. Massage is often considered to be one of the best ways to boost circulation and healing. It is widely used to reduce stress and aid restful sleep too. Some people feel that absolute stillness and meditation is more beneficial. It has been proven to help you feel more confident and calm when you’re facing stressful situations. When you’re keen to make a difference to your situation, it’s good to positively approach a range of solutions.
Getting Back To Work
You might not go back to your previous job. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find employment that is varied, interesting and pays well. Most employers are obliged by law to make adaptations to your workstation to help you perform your duties. They might offer you different tasks and responsibilities instead. Or you might prefer to take the plunge and apply for a completely different role with a different working environment.
Getting back to work might seem a long way off right now but it should be a goal you strive to achieve. Try some of these simple solutions to help you heal after an injury or illness.