National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March alerts us to the causes and aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding brain injuries.
When it comes to brain injuries, not a single injury or person is the same. The month is dedicated to improving awareness of brain injuries. Providing quality support for people with brain injuries and understanding their needs will improve their outcomes for the future. Changing the world’s perspective to understand how brain injuries work is a difficult task.
While anyone can suffer from a brain injury, it’s important to remember that everyone is a person first. They are not their injury. Each person has hopes and dreams, and they are not their injury. Each injury affects a person differently. How we support the person and treat the injury will require understanding and patience.
Consider these tips to care for yourself following an injury:
- Get plenty of sleep, and take it easy during the day.
- Don't drink alcohol or use drugs.
- Return to your normal activities gradually.
- Ask your doctor when it's okay for you to drive a car, ride a bike, or operate machinery.
- Ask your doctor when it is okay to return to sports or athletics.
- Avoid activities that make you feel worse. These may be physically or mentally demanding activities like housework, exercise, schoolwork, or video games.
- Ask your doctor which medicines you should and shouldn't take.
- If you feel irritable, get away from whatever is bothering you.
Learn more about traumatic brain injuries and the recovery process here.
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