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If you’ve ever had an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’ll know how much it can affect your relationship. It’s a challenging event that can put a strain on even the strongest of couples.

The devastating impact an accident can have on relationships and even social lives has been revealed in a survey by National Accident Helpline. They surveyed over 1,000 Brits who had been in an accident that wasn’t their fault and dove into how it affected their confidence, their ability to leave the house and their relationships with their partners and children.

The heartbreaking aftermath of an accident

A loss of self-confidence is one of the biggest issues facing anyone involved in an accident, with a staggering 66% of women and 58% of men claiming they had been affected. This knock in confidence and self-esteem inevitably has a negative impact on relationships, with 81% of those surveyed saying it was the main reason for problems with their partner.

It’s easy to take our mental wellbeing for granted and for many of us being able to get up, get ready for work and leave the house is just a mundane experience. Yet more than half (57%) of those surveyed felt unable to leave the house, with three-quarters of this group saying this put a strain on their relationships. And, while women are more likely to be affected than men, it still has an impact on over half of males who have been through an accident.

Dealing with the aftermath

Whether it’s due to experience or more established relationships, it appears that the older generations are much better equipped to deal with their relationship issues. Just 22% of over 55s said that they couldn’t cope with problems in their relationship caused by their accident, compared to 60% of 18-34-year-olds.

Children add another level of complexity. More than half (54%) of those who have family at home said they were worried their relationship with their children had changed as a result of their accident. Sadly, simple things like cooking tea, taking your kids to school or out to the park can become difficult or even impossible - 53% of people admitted they were unable to look after their children properly following their return home.

Commenting on the research, TV GP Dr Hilary Jones gave his thoughts on the impact an accident can have on everyday life: “After an accident, it’s common to feel confused, uneasy and overwhelmed and these feelings can change how people think about everyday tasks,” he said. “Going to work, leaving the house and looking after your children can feel overwhelming. It is best to get back to your regular life and daily activities as soon as possible and seek professional advice from your GP if you are struggling.”

If you have an accident, it’s important to speak out

Whether this is just being open and honest with your partner or children about how you feel, or seeking the help of professionals, it’s important to remember you are not alone. No matter if you’re experiencing a loss in self-confidence, are anxious about leaving the house, or are worried about how your accident is affecting your relationships; speak up, speak out and ask for help.

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