If you recently injured yourself while on the clock, have you noticed any indications of emotional or mental trauma connected to your injury?

HelpGuide explores symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma linked to physical trauma. Understand just how much (and what type) of recovery you need to get back to feeling 100%.

Signs of psychological trauma

Indications that you may suffer from emotional or mental trauma from your workplace injury include:

  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dissociation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability

If you recognize the following or anything similar in yourself, do not hesitate to talk to a physician about your symptoms. He or she may know of resources that could help you.

Ways to treat psychological trauma

Know that you can also take steps on your own to treat your emotional trauma.

One of the best things you can do to address your trauma is to reach out to friends and family when you feel out of sorts. Let others know about your symptoms and how they make you feel. Even if those closest to you do not know how to alleviate your symptoms, just having someone listen and offer sympathy can be of great help.

Additionally, physical exercise, if possible, can help improve your mood along with your physical health, which can speed up your recovery process. Ask your doctor which exercises you can and cannot do in your current injured state.

Something else you can do to treat your psychological trauma is to remain connected with your nervous system, which can help address anxiety. Meditate, recognize and respect your emotional state, sit in a chair and focus on how your feet feel connected to the ground. Also, engage your senses with calming scents, sounds and sensations.

True recovery involves both mind and body. Do not neglect your emotional self while tending to your physical body.