This type of injury may cause long-term changes. It may affect your thinking, your
mood, or your ability to think, see, or hear normally. If these changes are severe
enough, you may need help with your daily activities.
Protect your head. Take extra care not to do anything that could put you
at risk for another head injury.
Get plenty of rest and take time needed for your brain to heal.
The brain is slow to recover. Also don't drive a car or ride a bike until your
healthcare provider approves. You may have a delayed reaction time after suffering
brain injury. Don't take part in sports or other physical activities after a
concussion or other TBI until your provider says it's safe. Often people start with
very mild exercise before going on to normal activity.
Use notes, a white board, alarm clocks, calendars, and your
mobile phone to help you remember important events or activities. Search the web for
helpful memory apps you can download to your phone or computer.
Evaluate and adapt job or school tasks. Depending on your disability, your
employer or school may be able to make some accommodations for you to continue work.
Consider options with a flexible schedule or part time work Reduce distractions and
clutter in your work area and make daily "To Do” lists. Take notes or ask to use a
tape recorder to help you remember things. Ask for less stressful assignments that
have a flexible deadline.
Consider joining a local support group or find one online. Sharing
your story and learning how others manage their condition can help.