Getting into an accident at work is not exactly what you thought you signed up for when you got your job. After all, you trust that when you go to work it’s a secure working environment that is intended to keep employees safe.
Unfortunately, work accidents can and do happen. The good news is that it’s possible to heal from them and in most cases, make a full recovery. If you were recently in a work accident and want to move toward recovery, here are some of the best tips for doing just that.
Once you’ve got the clear from your doctor, it’s important that you stretch as much as possible. Doing so will loosen your muscles and strengthen your body. It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to wait for your doctor’s clearance before doing so, however. If your injury is still quite serious, then stretching can actually worsen your injury even further. So, always err on the side of caution, and double-check with your doctor first.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
Not only is drinking water good for you in general, but it’s especially important following an injury. Your body needs enough hydration to be able to regenerate itself and increase your blood flow. When you drink enough water, you thin your blood, which allows your body to send nutrients wherever it’s needed.
Ideally, you should drink non-caffeinated sugar-free drinks when hydrating. Things like herbal teas and water are the best way to hydrate yourself and facilitate recuperation.
Rest is one of the most important things you can do for your body when trying to recover from an injury. When you sleep, your muscles rest, as well as your brain. Not to mention, one of the biggest causes of injuries on the job is due to exhaustion.
When our bodies are too tired not only are we more likely to have physical injuries, but we also can become forgetful, and potentially mishandle materials or equipment. If your injury was due to exhaustion, then it’s more important than ever that you get as much rest as possible.
When you’re injured, chances are that you don’t feel like doing much cooking. However, eating junk food is not going to do you any favors in terms of healing. It’s important that you eat a healthful diet full of plenty of vegetables and fruits, and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Above all, make sure that whatever you eat is packed full of protein. Protein will help your muscles heal, and some meats can even help decrease inflammation.
Healing after a work accident can be a long road. However, with a little self-care, and effort on your part, you should be fully recovered in no time.