Self-care is an essential part of making sure you are happy and healthy in life. Everyone needs self-care.
Self-care is especially important if you are dealing with a brain injury; because it takes at least twice as much energy to perform a task.
You need to know when you need time for yourself and take a break from everyday duties. It is okay. Everyone needs mental health day from time to time.
When living with a brain injury, it may be more necessary to take these mental health days. Some people may not understand why you need to do this, but that is okay.
With a brain injury, you may need more mental health days than others; this is because you are using more brainpower to get through the daily tasks others coast through.
If you have people in your life that do not understand this, I say you get rid of them. They are not healthy for you to be around, and if they are real friends, they would understand what you need.
Self-Care and Support System
Real friends will respect that getting through the day may be more difficult for you than it is for them. You may need to cancel plans or reschedule them because you are having a rough day.
Family plays a vital role in this process also. They need to acknowledge that sometimes you need to have time for yourself. They of all people should understand what you are going through and the struggles you face every day.
Since family and friends know what you go through means that they need to respect what you need. Your family should be your most substantial support, and they should give you what you need.
When you have sustained a brain injury, you need to do what is right for you. The ability to take care of yourself allows you to live the healthiest life you can. A good support group will enable you to do what you need.
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