Have You Been Involved in a Traumatic Car Accident?

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A car accident can be very devastating and they affect people not only physically but mentally as well. This can often be overlooked due to the instant rush to respond to and fix any physical injuries. Consulting with a reputable Car Accident Lawyer in Austin or your local area, if any physical or emotional injuries resulted is a good plan of action. Aside from physical problems, mental side effects will become obvious if there are any because you will soon notice a variety of emotions such as: fear, anxiety, depression, grief and avoidance of certain activities that remind you of the event. Unfortunately, many people attempt to “deal” with these problems by not dealing with them in hopes that they will just disappear. Depending on the intensity and duration of the trauma experienced during the accident, these feelings may not only stick around but could get worse. So what should you do if you have been in a car accident and are experiencing some of the symptoms above? Pay Attention to the tips below and you should have a better idea of what to do.

Tip 1: Acceptance

The first and beginning part of recovering from the event is to tell yourself that what you are experiencing is not your fault. Even more paramount than that is to realize that it is normal. That’s right, you read it correctly! What you are going through now is a normal physiological and mental response to an abnormal event. You have experienced a tremendous stress and your body is responding. Do not move forward until you can honestly tell yourself that you believe the above statement. When you are ready, move on to the next one.

Tip 2: Trusted Communication

The second tip in your recovery process will be talking to someone who you trust about what is going on inside of you. This may be a therapist, friend, spouse or anyone else that you can trust to openly listen and help you if needed. This is not necessarily the easiest step since it requires that you tell another person about what you are and have been feeling inside. The good news is that once you do so, you will feel some of the burden lifted from you, giving you a little more room to breathe. Once you have taken that deep breath of relief move forward.

Tip 3: Daily Relaxation

The third tip in this journey toward recovery is to include something relaxing into your daily routine. This does not have to require making a commitment to a Yoga gym or several hours of your day. You can simply begin with a 10 minute breathing exercise where you take a deep breath, feeling your stomach expand out and slowly exhaling. When you do this you are only focused on your breathing and how it feels when air is coming and going. Focus on the sound, the rise and fall of your stomach and any physical sensation such as tingling that you may feel. At the end of this 10 minute exercise, you will feel much more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Tip 4: Positive Self-Talk

The fourth tip for your recovery will be talking positively to yourself throughout the day and anytime that you begin to feel negative or become affected by the traumatic experience that you endured. It is recommended that you do this at least after you wake up in the morning. The good thing about this exercise is that you do not necessarily need to believe all the positive things that you are about to say about yourself; all that will come. Start by writing a list of sentences with each sentence beginning with “I AM” and ending with something positive such as” “Courageous, Beautiful, Strong etc.,” which will result in “I AM Courageous.” Continue the list until your mind is exhausted. You can also put this on a 3×5 notecard to place in your wallet, purse or pocket. The longer you practice this the more automatic it will become and the better you will feel. This will also help in creating a positive mental state that will help you throughout your day.

Tip 5: Give Yourself a Break

The fifth and final piece of advice for recovering and moving forward is that you continue the steps above and always remember to give yourself a break. Often times we can be our own worst enemies. We are frequently rushing from one place to the next, stressing out over finances and work schedules, arguing with our loved ones and so on. At the end of the day we realize that we never had any time for ourselves. The reality is that you do have time for yourself, even if it is only 10 minutes to start. You need to allow yourself the time to take care of your personal needs and process the things that you need to process. I sincerely hope that you find these tips helpful and that you are well on your way to recovery. Always remember that you are having a normal response to an abnormal situation.

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