9. You may feel like this for a while.
Yep, it’s unpleasant. Yep, it can suck. And yep, it can take a while to get all figured out.
It’s practically impossible to explain to others what it feels like to have post-concussive symptoms, and it can be almost as impossible to convince other people that concussion / TBI is a thing. Heck, I have long-time friends and family who still refuse to believe I have any issues – and I’m not the only TBI survivor who has that experience.
Never mind that. Just take care of yourself and pay attention to your own recovery.
And don’t lose hope. I had just about given up of ever feeling normal again, when suddenly I felt like my old self again.
It brought me to tears.
It was amazing.
And it comes and goes.
The thing to remember is that, through the course of life, we never ever stay the same person. We are constantly changing, constantly growing, and expecting ourselves to stay the way we were “before” isn’t realistic.
It was never going to happen, anyway. Even if you hadn’t gotten injured, life would have changed you in some way. You would have lost or gained many, many things (and people) along the way, and those experiences would have changed you, too.
Just be aware, that brain injury / concussion isn’t the kind of thing you can rush. The brain will take its own sweet time.
So, buckle up for the ride of your life!
What to do?
The best thing you can do is be patient with yourself and be aware of the ways that you are not functioning as well as you would like. Make a note. Try again. And keep learning.
Don’t rush it. These things take time. Eat healthy food, stay away from a lot of junk food, sugar, caffeine, and stress, drink plenty of water, and get lots of good sleep.
Exercise can also help a great deal. It reduces stress, and it gets your mind off your brain for a while. The times I’ve felt best, are the times I’ve been exercising regularly – even light exercise for 10 minutes at the start of each day. Just don’t overdo it. Recovering from an injured brain is hassle enough, without adding an injured body to it.
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