It has been a while since I posted. I guess without knowing it, I needed a break. When you have a brain injury, it is important to know your limits.
This has been a tough year for everyone. A lot is going on in the world, and our lives all look different.
I ended up needing to take a break from writing this blog. The thing about needing a break, sometimes you do not even know you need it.
I never thought to myself, ‘okay, I need to focus on other things right now.’ This just got pushed to the back of my mind and while I am bummed, I must have needed it.
Sometimes, with a brain injury, you need to slow down for a bit. It isn’t easy to know when you need to step back.
I knew because I didn’t take the time to write and create posts. Another way you can know is that you lack motivation for something that you are passionate about.
If your activity was fun and gave your life meaning, but now it is work and a growling task, you may need to step back for a bit.
There is no shame in taking time for yourself, as it allows you to recharge and decide what you truly want to return to what you are taking a break from.
There is no set length of time of how long this break should be. I have run into issues of people not understanding why you need to are taking a break.
I have made so much improvement that people forget that I am carrying an injured brain, but I try to remember that it is not their fault.
Helping Others Understand Taking a Break
People who do not live with a brain injury get tired, but I believe that they also get tired and need time. It just may be less frequent and take less time.
Neither is better than the other. There needs to be an understanding between everyone to allow each other the time to rest and recharge.
I would try to communicate with my family members and friends. Let them know what you need and how they can support you in it.
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2 thoughts on “Needing A Break: Understand What You Need”
During this pandemic I have found my life progressing at a much more manageable pace. The physical distancing has resulted in fewer situations that puts me into sensory overload. Large groups have been a challenge since my injury. I have spent much of the summer gardening a half acre of vegetables. This put me On my own schedule in a comfortable place. The bonus is having lots of vegetables that I’ve sent to the food bank. Good choice because the food bank has been very short of food.
I agree. I have had times where I miss spending time with loved ones but overall, I am more relaxed in my life right now.