Getting Your Life Back After Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury
Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury is a major obstacle that can be difficult to overcome. Symptoms like cognitive difficulties, confusion, memory problems, irritability, anxiety, depression, and headaches all require continuing medical treatment that can be very expensive. Although most people can’t even return to work after suffering a traumatic brain injury, doctors suggest socializing and being as active as possible.
Doctors recommend the following things to help patients get their lives back on track after experiencing a traumatic brain injury:
- Get as much rest as possible.
- Contact your state local brain injury association and join a local support group. Each state, through the state brain injury association, has multiple local support groups that can help you cope with problems and learn how to communicate with others about your injury.
- Try brain exercises, like board games and crossword puzzles. You can also play online memory games or video games, or even take an online class.
- Use calendars to help organize your daily activities.
- Try to maintain a daily routine; structure can help return daily life to normalcy.
- Return to hobbies or activities you enjoyed before your brain injury.
- Make a list of the things you used to like to do, then make another list of what you need to do to get back involved with those activities or hobbies. After that, make a third list of the steps you need to do to get started, then begin to get back into the hobbies or activities you used to do.
- Socialize as much as possible by listening to other people and speaking with other people. Remember to take turns and to avoid interrupting.
- Attempt as many new activities as possible, such as learning to play a musical instrument, taking a cooking class, or learning a foreign language.
- Refine your hand/eye coordination by taking up a hobby that involves fine motor skills, such as drawing, painting, assembling a puzzle, or knitting.
- Remain physically active by going for walks, getting light exercise, and learning new sporting activities that you are able to do.
You can use the suggestions we listed above to promote activity, socialization, thought process, and organization to help get your life back on track.
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