It can seem that it would be impossible to enjoy the holidays if you’ve been severely hurt due to someone else’s negligence. But you can, if you make some adjustments. Will you be able to do everything you would typically do this time of year? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate what this time of year is all about.
The attorneys with Sand Law will be here to fight for your rights. No matter what time of the year it may be, we’re always standing up for people who’ve been hurt through no fault of their own. If you decide to take advantage of all the services our firm provides, you can rest assured we’ll do everything we can to help you obtain all of the compensation to which you’re entitled.
The following are some ways that you may still be able to get the most out of the holidays, even if you’re not feeling like your usual, energetic self.
Avoid Crowded or Stressful Situations When Possible
No matter what kind of serious injury you’ve suffered, whether it’s a brain injury, a broken bone or anything else, the last thing you need is stress and aggravation. Unfortunately, as great as the holidays may be, they can be filled with both.
One way to deal with holiday stress is simply to avoid it whenever you can. For example, instead of going to the mall to shop for Christmas presents, do your shopping online this year. If you’re going to a get-together, try to go with someone so they can take you home if you need to leave early.
If you do have to get out and about, remember to get plenty of rest once you get back home. It will be crucial to your overall recovery. Try to set a designated time to go to bed and stick to that plan throughout the holiday season. The more rest you get, the better the chances you’ll be able to get back to normal faster.
Ask for Help When You Need It (Without Feeling Ashamed)
The holidays are for family and beloved friends, of course. When you’re around the people you love, you’ll simply feel better. They’ll also understand what you’re going through, and they’ll be more than happy to help you in any way they can.
Please don’t hesitate to ask for that help whenever you need it. Most of us are wired to do as much as we can on our own, of course. But if you’ve been seriously injured, there are going to be times where you need some assistance. It could be something as simple as asking someone to carry something for you, or to take you somewhere because you can’t drive.
Volunteer to Help with Holiday Activities that Don’t Stress You Out
Of course, the holidays are for giving. If you love volunteering this time of year, whether it’s for a food drive, a toy drive or anything else, there’s a good chance you could probably still do something. Even if you’re in severe back pain due to an accident, there are still ways you can contribute. Talk to the volunteer coordinators you typically work with and see how you can help by doing work that isn’t physically taxing. It could be helping take calls for contributions, making greeting cards for underprivileged members of your community, or there could be some other way you could be of assistance.
As far as your normal holiday traditions are concerned, you might not be in a position to be able to take on as much as usual. You might not be able to do all of the cooking, for example, because you have a broken arm or leg. You could still help with wrapping some of the presents.
Spend Time with Your Loved Ones
Again, the holiday season is for spending time with friends and family. For you, this may be more important than ever. Your loved ones will be there to lend the emotional support you need to help you get through what you’ve experienced.
Sure, there may be some changes to your normal holiday traditions this year. You might need to ride around the neighborhood to look at decorations rather than walking. Or you might not be able to host the holiday party – you might need to go to someone else’s home. Just because you’re hurt, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out entirely. You might simply need to adjust.
Leave Early When Needed and Don’t Be Afraid to Take Time For Yourself
If you have to leave a get-together early because you’re not feeling well, don’t hesitate to do so. The people around you know what’s going on, and they’ll understand. If you don’t want to leave, yet the gathering is getting a little too loud, just go find a quiet place and take a nap for a little while. No one will question you.
Know Your Limits and Don’t Push Them
Even though you love the holidays, you always have to remember that you can’t overdo anything. Always make your recovery your top priority, and don’t push yourself. You definitely don’t want to go beyond your limits and risk having to deal with health issues when the holidays roll around next year. Pace yourself, don’t overcommit, and stay away from stress as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to say “no” if you think it will jeopardize your ability to get back to normal.
Continue Working with an Attorney to Settle Your Case
There are a lot of reasons people suffer injuries that could sour their attitude toward the holidays. Here are just a few.
- You were hurt in a car accident because one of your tires was negligently manufactured and blew out.
- A neighborhood dog attacked you, leaving you with extensive, painful bite-related injuries.
- You were innocently enjoying a motorcycle ride when a negligent driver hit your bike.
No matter what the reason you were hurt, remember that your attorney will be working hard to make sure you get everything you deserve for the suffering you’re going through. Talk to an attorney with Sand Law to see how we may be able to help. Use our online form or call 651-291-7263 for a free consultation.