5 Steps to Finding Peace After Experiencing an Injury

Available for Interviews: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician, a work-life integration researcher, and an international expert on mind-body-spirit connection. She is also an international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

What Dr. Dalton-Smith  Can Say in an Interview on:
How Find Peace After Experiencing an Injury:

Injuries are an unfortunate part of life, and they often happen at the very worst times. Some might experience them during sport or activity, putting them on the shelf for months. Others could be involved in an accident that was not their fault. Whatever the reason for your injury, it’s natural to feel upset, even angry, both at yourself and the culprit. This is not good for your mental or physical wellbeing. It’s important you find peace to help you get through the injury and heal.

1. Know Your Options

Depending on how you suffered an injury, you may have options that can at least minimize the mental trauma that came from it. If you were involved in a car accident, a personal injury lawyer could help bring the culprit to justice and even help you get compensation for medical bills and peace of mind. If you hurt yourself playing a sport, these options won’t be available to you. But if it has affected your life and your career, consider ways that can ease any financial stress until you are back on your feet.

2. Let Your Emotions Out

If you’re usually someone who bottles their emotions up, you might struggle with your injury. You don’t want to bother anyone, but this means you won’t process your emotions, and you might even suffer from depression as a result. However, being emotional after an injury is natural, and it’s healthy to let them out. This can begin the healing process and help you feel better about your injury, even if the bright side seems too far away at the moment.

3. Give Yourself New Goals

Just because you’re injured doesn’t mean you need to forget about your life or fitness goals. Many people who suffer a sports injury will look at new recovery goals to give them something to look forward to. If you’re unable to work out in any capacity, think about things you can do to keep you occupied. Writing blog posts about your experiences, planning out a book, or learning an instrument are all ways you can keep your mind active and help you find ways to cope with your new situation.

4. Don’t Give Up

The sudden shift from being an able and active person can be a shock to most, and if you find yourself depressed after an injury, you might be tempted to give up. This is not the way to find peace, though. So, as bad as your injury might be right now, you must look forward to the future and use the time to undergo a full-body reset by removing harmful substances, such as fatty foods, from your body. The more positive you are, the more driven you will be to get better, and this will help keep your spirits up even when you’re feeling down.

5. Peace is Healing

If you allow the negativity to take hold of you, it will be impossible to get back to the person you were before your injury. Instead, it’s important to be as thankful as possible for the opportunities you have once your injury heals. Regardless of whether this injury was small or significant, you can still get back to who you were before by finding peace.

 

Interview: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith runs a consulting and coaching business in Birmingham, AL that helps leaders and high-achievers reshape their view on change, communication, and self-care to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness. She is an international wellness expert and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, FOX, MSNBC, Prevention, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Women’s Day. Dalton-Smith is also an international speaker, a CDC Wellness Series speaker, and hosts a podcast I Choose My Best Life. She is the author of numerous books including her newest bestselling Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, which includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. Learn more about her at: DrDaltonSmith.com.

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