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Steps To Taking Control Of Mental Health During Physical Therapy

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Physical therapy tends to focus on getting your body back on track. Figuring out your motor skills and relearning how to move comfortably is already a large task. Though you may be focused on physical rejuvenation, it is important to take care of your mental health when you are trying to get your body back in order. If you are in physical therapy several times a week but you are not sure where to start when it comes to taking control of your mental health, here are a few steps to take. 

Start writing down your feelings

While you are in physical therapy, you are supposed to be concentrating on your physical well being. Your physical therapist may have you take note of what your body feels like and what you are able to do on a daily basis. Along with noting your physical issues, you should also take note of how you are feeling mentally. In a notebook, each day, write down how you are feeling at the start of the day and at the end of the day mentally. If you have any particular thoughts at the end of the day, you should note these. At the end of each week, look over your notes to determine how your mental wellness is following your body wellness. 

Join a support group

If you are dealing with the loss of mobility or redeveloping skills after a major accident, there are support groups that meet for this reason. Joining a support group will surround you with others who are going through or have gone through similar issues before. From the stories of others, you may learn a little more about how to mentally adjust and learn more techniques for physical therapy. If you cannot find an in person group, there are online groups that you can participate in with the same structure. 

Do your normal routine

Though physical changes can make living the same lifestyle more difficult, you should attempt to stick to your old routine. Mentally, you can adjust to some physical changes better than adjusting to an entirely different routine. If you are in a wheelchair or need help walking, install ramps, but stick to your typical routines. You may find that you are easily able to adjust to physical limitation and make allowances for your new physical needs. After your physical therapy is complete, you will quickly go back to life as usual. 


14 September 2017