June is Brain injury Awareness Month.
If you’re someone who’s life has been impacted by a brain injury whether it was yours or you were caring for someone else who was struggling; we want you to know that you are doing great and we are here to help.
Brain injuries come in all forms and present themselves differently in different people. Not everyone who gets a concussion will deal with the same symptoms. Just like everyone who has a stroke will be impacted differently.
Our Friends over at the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia have complied a list of resources and tools to not only help those suffering from the injury but also those who are caregivers.
Respect your brain.
Humans are designed to go, go, go. Always moving. Filling our time up with everything and anything. Meaning our brain is always working incredibly hard to keep us on track and make sure everything stays working the way it should. So when we injury our brain and are faced with the challenge to minimize what we do drastically, it can be hard. Going from being busy all the time to doing very little is a change most don’t do well with. But just like a broken bone or a bleeding cut needs help and time to health properly so does our brains.
Rest, lowering expectations, allowing ourselves to be okay with doing nothing, because by doing nothing we are allowing our brains to heal. Which means we are really doing something that will benefit us in the long run.
Respect your brain. Give it the rest and assistance it needs to heal. Allow it the time and the sleep needed. It’s okay to not be busy all the time. It’s hard but it is okay.
Helping someone with a brain injury.
Watching a loved one struggle due to a brain injury is not an easy thing. Seeing their lives and sometimes personalities change in order to try and cope with the injury and symptoms that go along with. Being a caregiver for someone has it’s own challenges in itself, by adding a brain trauma into the picture things can get a lot more stressful and take a larger toll on you. Which is why you need to ensure you’re not only helping them but you’re also taking care of your self.
Ontario Brain Injury Association has some fantastic resources to assist care givers and those who are struggling with the injury themselves.