Injuries and Mental health- a cause and effect relationship


The stigmatization of mental health is slowly withering with each passing day. However, it doesn’t imply that physical health shall be overlooked. Physical injuries may impact a person’s mental health to an extent where they start ridiculing their own existence. Injuries caused by accidents, sports, assault, etc may trigger emotional trauma in some people. Mostly, minor injuries can be dealt with but sometimes, people with a minor injury can also unearth mental health issues which include surfacing of hysteria and psychometric reactions due to personality coping defences. The emotional reaction to one’s injuries is directly proportional to how deeply they identify themselves on the basis of their physical appearance or physical abilities.



The effect of physical injuries may result in -

  1. Insomnia

  2. anger/frustration

  3. Anxiety

  4. Panic attacks

  5. PTSD

  6. Post-concussive syndrome

  7. Substance use or abuse.


What triggers these issues?


1.Performance failure-

When someone, for example, an athlete, is not able to reach the benchmark they set for themselves, they feel frustrated or discouraged. One might have to start from ground zero when normal tasks are put in the frame which were previously a cakewalk for them.


2.Everyday activities are a burden-

Depending on the severity of the injury, the person may have to depend on others to help with formerly manageable activities like showering, getting dressed, using the restroom, driving, writing, etc. This decreases the person’s feelings of liberty and can lead to frustration and even shame.


3.Feeling of inadequacy-

This feeling may arise if one begins to feel as though their role in all aspects of life is now less significant than it once was. The possibility of getting one’s “spot taken” is often a significant concern for many recovering from an injury.


4.Fear of not recovering -

Most injuries are followed by complete and timely recoveries. However, in some extreme cases such as with gruesome or repetitive injury experiences, one may be incapable to recover mentally and as a result, terminates mobility permanently. This mental block usually results from a persistent fear of re-injury or the perception of an incomplete recovery.


5. Emotional withdrawal-

After one point, one may no longer take part in the main activity that they enjoyed the most, a great deal of sadness and confusion may escort that abyss, especially when the allotted duration of rehabilitation is vigorous, prolonged or unpredictable.


6. Identity loss-

It means, they lose the concept of who they truly are because such an extremely venerated part of their life is now missing.



7. Involuntary isolation-

The unintentional isolation by the outside world can lead to loneliness and hostility in a person and as a result, they may isolate themselves.

During these troubling periods, it’s important to take action and use practical steps in order to regain an acceptable quality of life. Here are 11 ways to get you started:


1.Set Realistic Goals

The best way to start your journey is by learning about your injury. Know what recovery processes suit you best and the, one by one, set objectives to gain control over this process. These targets will provide you with the motivation to keep on moving, and with each achievement will come an additional sense of accomplishment.


2. Maintain your fitness

When mental and physical hindrances combine, the need for spending your day lazing around on a couch comes almost involuntarily. Sadly, the lack of movement slows down the rehabilitation process and reduces the feel-good hormones (endorphins). However, after consulting your doctor, you can modify your exercise routines and even practice yoga!


3. Look after your diet

Much like exercise, it’s in your best interest to eat foods famous for mood-boosting and physical recovery properties. Vitamin A (carrots, spinach, kale) and Vitamin C (oranges, peppers, broccoli) assist white blood cells to fight off infections. Calcium strengthens the bones (eggs, milk, yoghurt), and zinc repairs damaged tissue (fortified cereals). While you’re at it, avoid junk/processed foods too, and cut down on the meat.


4.Get outside

Spend some time in nature. The fresh air will clear your mind and the peaceful environment will provide your thoughts with the space they need. Appreciate the beauty of the world, and the rest will follow.


5. Spend time with loved ones

Spending time with those who love and appreciate you is the best way to lift up your spirits. Plan out a get together in the near future as it will give you something exciting to look forward to. Never hesitate to seek help from your loved ones, be it for any physical task or emotional support. Know that they will always be there for you.


6.Try meditation

The therapeutic benefits of meditation have long been supported as a practice which encourages better breathing techniques while quieting the chaotic buzz within your brain. This will allow you to find some well-deserved peace in a calmer headspace and feel more attentive and alert.


7.Volunteer

Helping others always fills up our hearts with a great sense of satisfaction so go out and explore some opportunities, perhaps looking at disadvantaged animals, the environment, or homeless shelters.


8. laugh!

It’s almost impossible to feel miserable while laughing! Avoid disturbing movies or bad news articles, and rather watch funny films or listen to hilarious podcasts.


9. Stay positive

This is one thing which is easier said than done, but we can’t ignore the fact that our thoughts and wellbeing are interlinked. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore your symptoms, but rather acknowledge the pain with your head held up high. Try to surround yourself with things you love while repeating encouraging daily affirmations (check out the post on our website) and remember: it will take time, but eventually it will get better.


10.Seek help

Don’t try to dodge your feelings. It’s okay to seek professional help if your mental state is not the best currently. You can even become a member of your local support group where you can share stories and comfort yourself in the presence of those who are going through the same phase as yourself.


11. Go gentle on yourself

"Be as gentle with yourself as possible," says Menezes Cunningham. "Instead of comparing your range or capacity for movement and pain threshold with pre-injury, you get to know your body as it is now.”


"It's possible to come back stronger, faster and fitter but rushing things will make it worse."


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