A Fantastic, Simple Strategy for Regaining Emotional Control After an Auto Accident in Charlotte

January 22, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Whether a drunk Duke freshman backed into your car and gave you whiplash and a concussion; or an out of control speed demon nearly killed you in a late night crash in downtown Charlotte, you’re feeling shaken, anxious, and depressed by the challenges confronting you.

In our last post, we talked about how the body’s natural “emotional immune system” will likely salve some of your pain through a process known as hedonic adaptation. In other words, you will get more and more used to your circumstances over time and ultimately return to a baseline level of satisfaction and happiness. This can be a good thing, if you’ve been depressed by a loss or a car accident injury. Or it can be a bad thing, since it will render your new Ferrari and/or bigger house irrelevant to your quest for enduring happiness.

Here’s one way to speed up the process of rejuvenating your emotional health: reduce uncertainties in diverse areas of your life. Right now, you’re focused on the car accident — on dealing with the myriad projects associated with the accident. But if you tie up uncertainties in totally unrelated aspects of your life, you will gain clarity. The more exhaustively you clarify all the “stuff” that’s dragging on your attention, the better you will feel, and the better decisions you will make about the car accident and about a lot of other things as well.

It sounds counterintuitive. But folding laundry, doing the dishes, decluttering an attic, or even just throwing out the garbage can give birth to an enhanced feeling of coherence. There is a reason why we feel great after cleaning. Purging compels us to deal with stuff that’s been lingering in our “mental attics.” As a result of actively engaging with this stuff, we gain a psychological boost. Author David Allen developed a systematic process for doing this mental uncluttering — he calls it “Getting Things Done.” Allen suggests that we’re better off using our minds to think ABOUT our stuff, not OF it.

Right now, you’re struggling with the accident and its after effects. Use this productivity “hack” to think more clearly about the accident… without actually thinking about the accident at all!

To relieve even more mental pressure, find and connect with a respected Charlotte accident law firm to make strategic inroads into your case. Get in touch with DeMayo Law now for a free consultation.


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