Whether it’s a sprained ankle, torn ligament, or something more serious, sitting by while your partner suffers with an injury can be a painful time for you too. While you’re not going through the physical sensations with them, the sense of helplessness at not being able to fix it for them can be frustrating.
If you’re reading this, you’ve already figured out that the best way to combat these unpleasant feelings and support your partner’s recovery is to get proactive. Where it gets confusing is in working out just what you can do to be helpful without being a nuisance. Stick with the following four tips and you and your partner will soon be enjoying a better outlook on the path to recovery.
1. Get Them Where They Need To Go
Coordinating your injured loved one’s appointment schedule and sorting out the necessary travel arrangements will take a massive amount of pressure off of them. If physical therapy is in order, see if there’s a practitioner in your area offering mobile physiotherapy. That way, your partner doesn’t have to go through the painful awkwardness of getting in and out of cars, risking an aggravation to their injury.
Of course, not all medical professionals make house calls. So, when you do need to go out, be sure to allow ample extra time for your partner to navigate all the everyday objects that become surprising challenges when you’re injured. The last thing you want is for them to feel rushed as this puts them at greater risk of re-injuring themselves and will spike their stress levels – two things you definitely don’t want.
2. Emotional Support
While it’s important to have help with the practicalities, emotional support is just as critical when you’re incapacitated. Even the most positive of people will go through feelings of frustration, helplessness, anxiety, loneliness, boredom and more when injured. Having someone who can weather this emotional onslaught with you is essential to a speedy recovery.
The best way to offer emotional support is simply to listen. Refrain from trying to fix or solve the problems raised but allow your partner to unburden how they’re feeling. Avoid empty reassurances like “everything will be fine” and instead create an atmosphere where they feel safe to tell you how they really feel.
3. Monitor Medication
Regardless of the nature of the injury, medication will be a key factor in recovery. Following the schedule assigned by your partner’s treating medical professional is essential in alleviating pain, treating symptoms and promoting rapid recovery. Take care of this for your loved one so they don’t have to stress about it and you’ll be helping in more ways than one. Just be sure to get a full briefing from their doctor so that you know precisely what you’re doing.
4. Diet and Exercise
Most injuries necessitate a period of reduced activity during recovery. Here, changes in diet may be helpful in preventing weight gain and maintaining health and wellbeing. Enjoying a nutrient-rich diet with your partner every day, and avoiding inflammatory foods will do wonders for boosting your collective mood and promoting their recovery. Be sure to get recommendations from their medical team and then do whatever you can to make sticking to these guidelines easy.
Being practical and emotional support for your partner is one of the most critical components in their injury healing process. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating a healthy environment for their recovery.