Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health

Mandy Kloppers

How Physical Injuries Impact Your Mental Health

A physical  injury can lead to major changes in the way you live your life. It takes time for the human body to heal and you will have to adjust the way you do things during that time. Even worse, some of them can result in life-long complications. This includes becoming chronic injuries that can easily get re-injured if you are not careful or leading to long-term chronic pain that afflicts you for far longer than the originating injury.

Naturally, there are several ways in which your mental health might be impacted by an injury. Knowing what you can expect ahead of time will allow you the time to come up with ways to address this and manage any problems that arise better.

They Can Lead to Feelings of Inadequacy

There are many negative emotions that can result from an injury. Two prominent examples are feelings of frustration and inadequacy. There are several reasons why such emotions might arise. For one, you might feel frustrated and inadequate because you were hurt in the first place. It may become routine for you to think about the accident over and over again and about the ways in which you believe it was your fault because you think you could have done something to prevent it from happening. In addition, there will likely be many activities that you were perfectly capable of doing before that you will be unable to do while your injury heals.

Of course, you need to remember that accidents happen and it is not your fault. Plus, you can get back to doing the things you love sooner by receiving stemwave therapy treatments that will help your body heal. Instead of getting stuck in the negative emotions which will try to hold you down, you can take concrete steps to improve your situation, like making sure to receive the medical treatments you need.

They Can Lead to Hormonal Changes

Physical injuries have also been shown to cause major changes in several of the hormones in your body. Some hormones increase while others decrease after such a major life event and, in both cases, the affected hormones are at different levels than they normally would be. As a result, taking hormone balance supplements would be a great idea since hormones are known to impact people’s moods.

They Can Lead to a Bad Mood

Aside from negatively affecting the way you think about and treat yourself, physical injuries can also lead to negative changes in the way you think about and treat others too. You might find yourself frequently in a bad mood due to your feelings of inadequacy and frustration or the hormonal changes you have experienced, which could lead you to treat the people around you poorly. It is possible that you may even harbor feelings of jealousy towards the people closest to you because they still have the ability to do the things you cannot until after you finish healing, if you ever do so completely.

However, you must keep in mind that it is not those people’s fault that you are currently incapable of doing what you want to do. In addition, preventing yourself from treating them poorly might cause them to distance themselves from you and leave you even more isolated and incapable than you already are. After all, these are the same people who will likely try to help you during your recovery.

Final Thoughts

Physical injuries can impact your mental health in several ways. They can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy, hormonal changes that can impact your mood or a bad mood that can lead you to push people who care about you away.