You always hear the phrases “Life happens,” “Mistakes happen,” and “Accidents happen,” you just never expect them to happen to you. Injuries and accidents are a part of life–Americans undergo an average of 9.2 surgeries in their lifetime and approximately 50% of Americans will break a bone before they turn 65. If you find yourself in this percentage, it can be a difficult thing to deal with, especially if you’re someone who always feels the need to be productive. If this is the case, a two-month recovery can sound like a nightmare. Here are some ways that you can come out on the other side with your sanity intact.
Pick up a New Skill or Hobby
Your time at home is meant to be used for rest and healing, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit on the couch scrolling through social media all day. You can use this time to better yourself–more than physically! Is there something you’ve always wanted to do that you haven’t been able to set aside the time for? Well, now that you have nothing but time, this is your opportunity to finally go for it.
Getting into art can be fun and is an excellent way to exercise your creativity and keep your days from feeling too mundane. Art can be many things. Maybe you enjoy painting or writing, or perhaps the musical arts are more appealing to you. No matter how inexperienced you are, you still have the potential for greatness. It’s difficult to know where to start out in your creative journey, but now, thanks to the internet, there are plenty of tutorials right at your fingertips to help you unleash your inner Rembrandt. If you find enough success in your new skill, you might even be able to profit from it by starting your own small business.
If art isn’t your thing, maybe you could spend your recovery time learning to code or mastering a new language. Not only will skills like these help you pass your time more effectively, but they will help you in the future by opening the door to more opportunities, because the more that you know, the more you can do. Knowing more languages can help you stand out if you’re looking for a new job, or can help you communicate when traveling and meeting new people.
Use Your Recovery Time to Revamp Your Space
Spending more time at home can cause you to pick apart your surroundings and find little things that you dislike. Your home should relax you rather than be a source of stress, and now that you’re spending more time there, you should take the opportunity to turn it into your sanctuary.
The first step to removing the stressful elements from your home is to de-clutter. Use this recovery period as a sort of Spring cleaning. Go through your closet and get rid of old clothes that you don’t wear anymore, dust all of your light fixtures, wipe down your windows, and fluff your pillows. Taking a moment even just to tidy your house can greatly improve your attitude toward it. If you still aren’t satisfied after tidying your house, then it might be time to do some redecorating.
The easiest way to freshen up a space is by rolling a new paint color onto your walls. If you’re the type of person whose style is always changing, try to pick a color that is both calming and versatile, that way you aren’t having to repaint each time you get the itch to redecorate. Also, in general, try to select more basic, multifunctional furniture and decor. It’s nice to have a few statement pieces, but too many can make you feel overwhelmed and will cause your space to feel outdated more quickly. The simpler you keep it, the more relaxing it is likely to be.
Getting Your Legal Ducks in a Row
If you’re recovering from an injury that was caused by another person or party, then the most important use for your recovery time–besides actually recovering–is figuring out where you stand legally. Talking to an injury lawyer can help you figure out what you’re entitled to from the other party, including financial compensation for any medical bills, lost wages during recovery, damaged property from the incident, or any additional pain and suffering. It’s important that you get what you are owed, but also that the other party is held accountable for their negligence so
that they don’t put anyone else at risk for injury in the future.