Watching someone you love deal with the pain of workplace injury is difficult. It can cause you to feel helpless and unsupportive.
For those dealing with an injury that occurred on the job, the emotional and mental strain of the event can impact their life as significantly as the physical injury. Here are some ways you can support your loved one after a work injury.
Listen to them
Allow your loved one to talk about the things that are bothering them. Make an effort to be available and listen without judgment or criticism. Never force them to move on or act like things are normal. Be there for them and let them release their stress or anxiety.
Find resources to help them
You can support your loved one by looking into resources that will help them. You can go with them to a support group or find a doctor or counselor to work with them. You can also help them find legal aid if their case requires additional work.
Watch for troubling symptoms
You need to pay attention to any signs that your loved one is struggling to cope with their injury. Look for changes in their sleeping and eating habits, and listen for negative self-talk.
Prepare for long-term changes
Your life may change as a result of your loved one’s injury. Make sure you take care of your own health and mental wellness.
A workplace injury can change everything. Being supportive of your family member can help make the transition or healing process go more smoothly.