It is a frightening experience to go through a physical attack, and even verbal attacks can leave you feeling anxious and fearful. Physical attacks can cause pain, both to your body and your mental health, so it is crucial that you take the right steps you need to recover. While there are different types of attack on a person, one common thing it creates is having to deal with upsetting feelings and emotions. If you are suffering because of an attack, here are the essential steps to help yourself recover.
Acknowledge your Feelings
It is normal to be going through lots of emotions after you have been attacked. You might feel afraid and nervous, angry, grief-stricken, and depressed. You might try to block out these painful feelings by keeping busy or avoidance. In order for you to rebuild your life, however, you need to allow yourself to process these emotions, as it is the only way you can try to make sense of what has happened to you. Know that it is ‘ok to not feel ok,’ and that you will feel overwhelmed at times.
While it might feel as if no one else can understand what you went through, don’t forget that your friends and family are there to help. Don’t allow the attack to make you isolated; instead, make the effort to see friends and get your feelings out there. Keeping negative feelings to yourself can result in you becoming withdrawn and depressed, so it’s essential you can express yourself and accept support.
Take Your Time
Recovering from an attack takes time. Don’t put pressure on yourself to get back to normal, as this only adds to your stress levels. Understand that you have a lot to process and that it might take a while before you feel safe and confident enough to resume your normal life. In the meantime, take things at your own pace. There is no set time for recovery, but after a while, you will see things in a new perspective and begin to feel better.
If the attack was a result of negligence, such as an owner not keeping their dog on the lead, which led to you being bitten, then you may be able to claim compensation. While compensation won’t reverse the immediate or delayed effects of the attack, it can help you to live your life with the pressure of financial worry lifted while you recover. Talk to a lawyer for more information about such injuries claims or for advice on suing the attacker directly.
Other ways you can take control of your recovery is to talk things through with a counsellor, who will be able to help you overcome this difficult period of your life.
The horrible experience of being attacked takes its toll, physically and mentally, and you may find that you feel the after-effects for months and even years to come. However, you can get your life back. While you will never forget what happened, you will be able to look forward and make the most of your future in time.