You suffer a brain injury when an outside force, like a blow or jolt to your head, causes dysfunction. Brain injuries can cause a wide variety of symptoms, and you may experience confusion, irritability, difficulties concentrating and other symptoms after incurring one of these injuries.
According to BrainLine, 2.8 million brain injuries happen every year, and many result in hospitalization or even death. If you suffered one of these common injuries in a car accident or another type of accident, following certain recovery strategies may ease your symptoms and help you move forward faster.
1. Get plenty of rest
As you recover from the accident, make it a priority to sleep enough at night and rest at regular intervals during the day. You should wait to go back to work, school or your normal daily activities until your doctor clears you to do so.
2. Avoid physically demanding activities
You should refrain from doing any physically demanding activities, like working out or heavy housecleaning, until you recover, and your physician gives you permission. You should also avoid any activities that could result in another brain injury, like contact sports.
3. Write tasks and information down
It may be hard for you to remember new information as you recover from your brain injury. Write down tasks you need to complete and other important information instead of relying on your memory.
Recovering from a brain injury can take time. Return to your normal daily life slowly and be patient with yourself as you undergo the recovery process.