Looking Back on the Time Since Your Workplace Accident: How Has Your Life Changed?
There’s no denying it—your workplace injury changed everything. Whether you currently suffer physical pain or anxiety about your future, life no longer looks quite like it did before your accident. The key to moving forward in peace? Acknowledging and accepting what’s true now. As the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, eloquently put it: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Follow these suggestions to get your life back on track:
Determine What’s Different Now
Take a few minutes to think carefully about your day-to-day life and how it’s changed since the accident. Examples may include:
- An inability to pursue previous hobbies
- Fewer social outings and an ensuing sense of social isolation
- Limited mobility if you can no longer drive
- You may no longer feel as if you contribute positively to your community or society at large
Clarify Your True Feelings and Needs
Once you’ve determined how life differs today, delve into your true feelings about the situation, and your plans to move forward. In your journal, reflect on the following questions:
- Are there any silver linings to my situation? Any small ways in which my life is better today than it was before?
- What stands in the way of the goals I set for myself prior to the accident?
- How could my goals change to reflect my new reality while still allowing me to move forward with full satisfaction?
A little reflection can make a big difference as you determine how to proceed. Life might not look exactly like it did before your workplace accident, but there’s still plenty to accomplish and plenty to celebrate.
No matter how your life has changed—whether a lower back injury has made it impossible to lift your young child without pain or whiplash from a construction accident has caused you to rack up thousands in chiropractor bills—you can count on Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP for support. Call (770) 214-2500 today to learn how we can assist you with your Georgia workers’ compensation case.