Not all brain injuries are permanent. Most minor brain injuries can recover remarkably fast. However, there are more severe brain injuries or damages that result in permanent conditions. For some, severe injuries result in permanent disability.
Here are some essential reminders for people living with these conditions.
Establish a Safe Space
People with TBI or traumatic brain injury mostly suffer from sensory overload. This happens when one or more of our body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment or other factors.
This may result in anger, anxiety, depression and other negative impacts or shocks personally and mentally. That is why it is important to establish or create a safe space at home. Think of it as an area at home that one feels calm and collected. A place that you can do activities or exercises that relaxes you.
If you are visiting other people’s homes, it is advisable to establish a safe space. You can talk to the host or homeowner about this.
Monitor Your Health and Activity
This may sound like a lot of work, but it is not. It is a productive practice to apply in your life. Keeping track of your health is a great way to not only monitor but assess your conditions. Take note of small and significant changes in your body.
Do these changes have something to do with your brain injury? Do these changes affect your daily life greatly? And if it does, is it positive or not? This will help you find health patterns.
Travelling is a big deal for people with brain injuries and damages. Certain circumstances may arise wherein healthcare or medical facilities are not present. Even under the best circumstances, travelling can be stressful. That is why it is important to plan.
Make sure to pack light and bring essentials items you need and might need. Bring enough medication and bring your health records. Also, take care of all accommodation early on. Make your travel as hassle-free as possible.
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