Managing and symptoms of shock after your car accident

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Shock can linger for days or even weeks after your car accident in Connecticut. What is worse is that it can impact your emotional well-being and compromise your ability to focus and maintain your day-to-day responsibilities.  

You may question whether or not you are still in shock, but getting in a car accident is a traumatic event and you may not realize right away just how deeply your experience affected you. Recognizing the symptoms of shock and knowing some management techniques can help you cope.  

Signs of shock

Immediately following your crash, you may feel strangely calm. It may appear to some that you did not experience any major injuries and that you did not sustain any significant trauma. However, shock is not always what it sounds and can include behavioral changes such as agitation. It can also affect your mental health you may notice an increase in anxiety. According to The Mayo clinic, other common symptoms of shock include the following: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Clammy skin 
  • Vertigo 
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 

Mitigating symptoms

One way to manage shock is to practice deep breathing. Close your eyes and breathe slowly. Separate your inhale from your exhale. This can be especially beneficial when you experience a trigger that may cause you to relive your accident and you notice your breathing becoming more rapid.  

Therapy is another way you can process shock. Talking to someone you trust about your experience can provide validation and comfort. During your recovery, prioritize self-care. Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet and increase your water intake. You can also spend time doing a hobby or an activity you enjoy to provide needed mental rest.