Life: Is it over after a Brain Injury

Life is not easy after sustaining a brain injury. It takes time to adjust to your new way of life. Negativity does not help this adjustment.

Just because you sustained a brain injury doesn’t mean your life is over. Brain injuries suck. They are not fun and change your how you live forever. It is not easy to accept but it needs to be accepted.

It is okay to be sad about your situation. Take some time and acknowledge that your day to day living will be different. You can even make a “my life is different because” list.

Go ahead, make of list all the ways your life will change because of your injury. Make two copies and rip one up if it will make you feel better. Get your frustration out somehow.

Like I said before, it is okay to be sad or angry. The thing to remember is that your life isn’t over. It will continue but it will be different.

Life: Time to Adjust

Life after a brain injury will take some adjustment. The normal things you used to do may require alterations. Somethings you used to do; you may not be able to do them. Maybe in time you will be able to or maybe not. Time will tell.

I am here to tell you that things will get better in your life. Even if you can’t do the hobby you once loved.

With time, you will find a new hobby. Take this transition time in your life to explore new hobbies that you can do and might enjoy.

In time, you will find a way to enjoy your new life. Your new normal will be found. You may find that you can return to your previous hobby in time.

If you can’t, it is important to not dwell on your past life. You need to move on and find activities you enjoy doing.

You can’t live the life you used to have so why not live a new way, you are lucky to be alive and have this chance to continue living. Go out and enjoy it!

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Work: Time Management

A full time job can take a lot out of a person with a brain injury. It is vital to find a good balance that works for you.

I work in health care. It is pretty tiring most of the day, but it is gratifying. I love my job. To finish personal items out of work, I had to figure out how to not become mentally fatigued.

Mental fatigue can be severe to overcome. I have tried to give myself a mental break. I have decided that my commute is my mental break, so I vent about what happened that day, and then I blast some music.

This allows me to come home and not be completely exhausted from work. I give myself a break, and then after dinner, I am ready to fulfill my to-do list.

I make sure that I know exactly what I need to get done that night. It allows me to skip figuring out what needs to be done and just do it.

The end of the night, when I am getting ready to go to sleep, I decide what I need to do the next day. This allows me to wind down but also continue to be productive.

The important thing is to prioritize my list. This makes sure everything is done on time. The larger, more time-consuming stuff is done over many nights or on the weekends.

I need to keep reminding myself that sometimes I need to take a break from work. Especially with a full-time job and brain injury, there are times where I need to come home and just relax.

It is essential to know when your mind needs a break and understand it is okay not to get stuff done for one night.

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