How does life change after brain injury?
Life isn’t over, it’s just different. After a brain injury, you may experience changes in your relationship to the people and activities around you. Examples include (this is not a complete list):
- Being more sensitive to light, sounds, movement, the activities of people around you
- Taking more time to understand what others say
- Forgetting what you are saying; going off on tangentsGetting very tired during daily activities
- Having problems speaking or understanding when you are tired
How do I find a positive outlook after brain injury?
- Understand that it takes time—be patient with yourself.
- When you can spend less time and energy looking back into the past and more energy looking forward to building your future, life gets better.
- The period of recovery can be a time of getting to know yourself in a new way. To redefine yourself. And in that redefinition you may find new kinds of satisfaction and a new sense of purpose for your life.
Taking care of my loved one with TBI is exhausting. How can I take care of myself?
It is crucial that caregivers take care of themselves—not just their loved ones. You cannot help your family if you become exhausted.
Here are some things you can do to take care of yourself:
- Read a book
- Sit outside and listen to the birds
- Take a walk
- Consider joining a support group
- Go to a movie while a friend or professional tends to your loved one’s needs
- Make your own list of things to do that refresh you—and then do them!