Today is World Injury Day, observed around the world to highlight the need to prevent death and disability caused by accidents or injuries. Statistics reveal that there is a high prevalence of road accidents in India every 1.9 minutes and 22.8% of all injuries are due to transport-related accidents. Nearly one million people are reported to die and 20 million are hospitalized each year due to accidents.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), injuries are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In fact, research indicates that nearly 50% of road accidents occurring in developed countries can be prevented with appropriate post-injury intervention, including:
- Pre-hospital care or rapid first aid
- Appropriate knowledge and training of personnel responsible for handling emergency situations
- Ambulances, equipment, medical supplies and facilities adequate to deal with emergencies
This World Injury Day let us emphasize the importance of saving and protecting life in the most critical situation and the measures to manage and prevent trauma deaths. Dealing with the aftermath of trauma, disability or the loss of loved ones are indeed difficult times to manage and the level of stress is out of control. Here we offer simple and effective ways to deal with the crisis.
How to deal with trauma and skillfully manage the crisis:
Pay attention to what is important
Faced with the repercussions of a crisis, it is essential to focus on your resources. Accomplish your daily task by sharing your responsibilities with your family and friends. Hold on to unnecessary commitment and prioritize what really needs to be done, so you can conserve your physical and emotional energy. Be sure to eat healthy, sleep well, and take care of your emotions and your body, so you can better control your situations.
Get support from loved ones to minimize the burden by getting help with routine activities or by lending a listening ear. You feel very relaxed when you get help and you feel good when your buddy is there for you.
When you face a crisis or your loved ones, your body’s stress stimuli kick in immensely and keep you in a constant state of stress. It’s actually very difficult to stay calm after a trauma, however, try practicing meditation or stress relief techniques to remove stress and feel more resilient in the face of whatever comes next.
People always assume that when dealing with a crisis or trauma, their negative emotions are a sign of weakness or not handling things the right way. Be patient with your feelings and reactions to life situations and deal with them as it is very common to not feel like yourself after mild or severe trauma. Accept reality, you will feel much better and relaxed and things will sort themselves out sooner.
Seek medical help when needed
If all of these ways are not effective in dealing with the crisis and you still have nightmares and negative feelings and you are unable to go on with life even after several weeks or months after the trauma, you may need professional support to deal with the situation. Talk to the psychiatrist to manage the situation and ask for help to overcome the crisis.
Focus on self-care
While traumatic events are indeed stressful for the affected person as well as the caregiver, it is important to remember that the current predicament is just a phase of life that will eventually pass. So whether things are looking up or the upsetting emotions are still present, take care of yourself and simply love yourself for the original person you are, embracing your strengths, weaknesses, and imperfections. A healthy balanced diet, good deep sleep, routine exercise, socializing with family and friends, and relaxing hobbies such as music, dancing, art, gardening promote positive reinforcement and help to overcome difficult times.
Regular physical activity
The burden of emotional disorders can put a strain on major external and internal organs of the body, such as the heart, brain, skin, and even the bones, muscles, digestive and reproductive systems. It is therefore essential to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, not only for physical health but also for mental well-being. Depending on age, stamina and extent of recovery, physical activity can be a relaxed walk in the evening, a brisk walk in the morning, an energetic jog or run, playing sports such as badminton, tennis or even an intense workout at the gym. . These activities relieve anxiety, stress, depression, tension, improve mood and memory, strengthen bones, muscles, joints, increase the functioning of the heart and nervous system and also improve skin health. and intestinal well-being for general well-being.