A brain injury can affect nearly every aspect of your life. After the accident, you may be unable to return to your job, go back to school, participate in the activities you enjoy, etc.
Traumatic brain injuries are common and the Brain Trauma Foundation states that among those between the ages of 1 to 44, TBIs are the leading cause of disability. Learning to cope with your new reality can be difficult, but the following tips may help you adjust and move forward.
- Seek support from othersIt can be helpful to talk to and share experiences with others going through similar struggles. Talk to your physician about support groups for TBI sufferers that may be available in your local area.
- Stick to a routineTo limit confusion, try and stick to a similar routine on a daily basis. When traveling to work, school or other places you go to frequently, take the same route. You should also keep your belongings in predesignated areas, so you do not lose track of your things as easily.
- Alter your expectationsYou may not be able to complete tasks as quickly as you used to. Lower your personal expectations for your productivity levels and take breaks throughout your day as needed.
Recovering from a brain injury takes time and may not occur as fast as you hope. Allow yourself to accept help from friends and family members and consult with your doctor as you make a return to normal life.