Every day, someone’s loved one is injured in a car accident. With that injury comes a long and emotional road to recovery. Watching a loved one struggle and change after an accident is heartbreaking and it can make us feel helpless. We might ask ourselves “Is there anything I can do to help my loved one?” We’re here to offer you some suggestions of ways you can help your loved one after they have been in a car accident.
Suggestion #1: Listen
After everything your loved one has been through, they will have a lot on their minds. So listen to them. Let them rant and get everything off their chest. Be a shoulder for them to cry on. Just be there for them. Listening might not feel like it makes a difference, but to a loved one going through a life-changing injury, sometimes having someone to listen is all you need.
Suggestion #2: Occupy Their Mind
Recovering from an injury means a lot of sitting or lying around. This can lead to your loved one becoming depressed because their mind will wander into a dark and unhappy place. But if you can keep their mind occupied, you can help keep them from getting depressed. Have a movie marathon of their favorite movies. Play video games or board games with them. Find out what their favorite book genre is and get them some books in that genre for them to read. By finding things to occupy their mind, you’re not giving their mind much time to wander, which is the best thing for them.
Suggestion #3: Get Them Out of the House When Possible
There is nothing that says recovering from an injury means you have to stay inside all day. So take your loved one out every so often to help them give a change of scenery. A simple drive through the city or country can make a big difference. Take them to their favorite restaurant or store. By allowing them to see more than the four walls of their home, you’re allowing them to feel closer to life as it was before, which will in turn help aid in their recovery.
Suggestion #4: Help When You Can
Injuries cause a huge convenience to daily life. Even the simple task of doing the dishes or cooking dinner can become cumbersome and exhausting. So help your loved one when you can. Take out the trash if you notice it piling up. Offer to do their dishes even if it’s a small pile. Aid them in cooking their meal. Even just simply chopping some ingredients can make a huge difference. Even the smallest act of help can make a huge difference.
Suggestion #5: Change Things Up
Staring at the same four walls can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. So by helping to change up their space, you can help improve their mental health. Some new wall art, a change of layout, or a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. If changing up their physical space isn’t possible for some reason, try helping them find a new hobby to focus on. Small changes can make a huge difference on the long road to recovery.
Mental health after a car accident is just as important as physical health. So keep an eye on your loved one’s mental health and be there for them. By having the best balance of mental health and physical health, you’re giving your loved one their best chance at recovering faster. Chiropractic care can help in your loved one’s mental and physical health, so why not give it a try?