Managing Stress After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Suffering a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury is a life-changing event that can affect your ability to work, your relationships, and your personality. It is stressful and emotionally exhausting. Stress can impede recovery. Thus, it is imperative to adopt coping strategies early on. The vast majority of your recovery will occur in the first two years after the injury, so there is no time like the present to take action.
Start by identifying triggers to avoid whenever possible, from reading social media commentary and watching news programs to engaging in certain friendships. When avoidance isn't an option, keep them to an absolute minimum and know when to walk away.
It is also a good idea to start exercising. Walking, jogging, going for a bike ride, lifting weights, etc., boosts dopamine production. This calming hormone will take the edge off of the stress. Moreover, as your body gets in shape, you will feel more confident and relaxed.
You will also want to get plenty of sleep. Sleep gives your brain a chance to relax and rest. This is imperative following a traumatic brain injury. Establishing a routine where you go to bed and wake up at the same time can significantly reduce stress.
Eating healthy is also critical. Your doctor will make dietary recommendations following a traumatic brain injury. Sticking to this diet and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as your brain heals is crucial to your long-term recovery.
You may also want to take up a new hobby that encourages peace. Learning yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, model making, and other relaxing activities help regulate breathing and develop focus. Even the simple thought of doing these after a stressful event can help alleviate stress.
Many brain injury survivors also keep detailed journals and undergo therapeutic counseling. Both of these can help alleviate stress by processing the psychological trauma caused by a TBI. Moreover, diaries and counseling records can be presented as evidence of the impact the injury has caused to your ability to work, relationships, enjoyment of life, etc. when pursuing a traumatic brain injury claim.
The team at Welmaker Injury Law understands the impact traumatic brain injuries have on your life. We encourage you to contact us at (210) 828-6033 to schedule a free consultation. It is our pleasure to tell you how we help our clients manage stress while we pursue compensation for their TBI claims.