Our clients at Duckworth Law suffer serious, life-changing, injuries. Sometimes there is nothing they can do to prevent injury — anyone can get in a car accident tomorrow — but I have seen extraordinary recoveries due to determination and an eye towards overall health. All of us can improve our health, and even if you have suffered a traumatic injury, there may be some lifestyle changes that will help. Don’t give up!
The New Year always provides motivation for change. Here are a few things you can do next year to improve your health, no matter your circumstances
Don’t Forget Your Mental Health
Mental health is critically important to your overall wellbeing. I often see mental health get ignored by friends, family, and injured clients (particularly with traumatic brain injury, but can stem from any disability). Just because others can’t see into your mind, doesn’t mean there aren’t real medical, yet fixable, issues. People are afraid to talk about mental health, for fear of looking vulnerable, but your mental health is too important to ignore.
You have direct control over what you eat and drink. Only you decide what goes into your body. Yet, amazingly, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., and life expectancy has declined recently (there are other factors involved, but diet is a significant component).
Even if mortality statistics don’t get your attention, remember that your quality of life is greatly improved by eating healthy. If you want to be active and enjoy life, no matter how long you live, consider a healthy diet. Also, if you are injured, weight loss can really help you recover from your injuries and feel better.
Exercise! Exercise is healthy and can be fun. There are more ways to exercise than you might think. Spend time on the internet and find what works best for you. Whether it be weight lifting, cardio, yoga, or pilates, there is something for everyone. Give yourself a present and adopt an exercise plan.
Smoking and Drinking
Smoking and drinking have a huge impact on many health conditions. I have heard from medical providers that it significantly affects recovery from injuries. I have seen the recovery of workers’ compensation and personal injury clients severely affected by smoking. Smoking is non-negotiable if you want to feel better and change your life for the better.
Drinking is a slippery slope. Though arguably not as addictive as smoking, drinking is still addictive. Many of us still drink, but be careful. Alcohol has a tremendous impact on your physical and mental health.