I’m sorry to hear that you or someone you know were in a car accident. It’s important to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally after such an event. It is stressful to be involved in a car accident no mater as passenger, driver, or just bike or walk. It's essential to prioritize safety and follow a series of steps to ensure your well-being. Your mental and physical health are interconnected.
You might experience some common symptoms after being in a car accident including:
Psychological Symptoms: Fear of driving or sitting in a car, hard trusting others; Panic attacks; Difficulty sleeping; struggling with flashbacks and nightmares; Fatigue, sensitivity to noise and light; Muscle tension and headaches; Irritability, low mood, frustration.
Cognitive Symptoms: Memory Issues; Difficulty Concentrating.
Behavioural Changes: Social Withdrawal; Changes in Appetite; Avoidance of Driving.
Seek Medical Attention and follow Medical Recommendations
Reach out for Professional Support early
Take Your Time
Connect with Supportive People
Practice Self-Care and self-compassion
Gradual Exposure to Driving
Acknowledge and Express Your Feelings
Consider Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
Set Realistic Goals
Remember that recovery is a unique process for each individual.
Book your treatments as soon as possible. Enhanced Care from ICBC automatically covers you for pre-approved treatments in the first 12 weeks. Find out more https://www.icbc.com/claims/injury/accessing-treatment-during-your-first-12-weeks-of-recovery
I hope these tips help you in your recovery. Please take care of yourself and reach out to a healthcare provider if you need further assistance.