One of the most common physical effects of brain injury is fatigue. Most people feel tired after a hard day at work, or they have been suffering from stress over a long period. However, after brain injury, fatigue can be present most of the time. This can be really challenging to deal with but is present in both mild to moderate and severe brain injury.
Often, someone with a brain injury doesn’t look disabled
Often when someone has survived a trauma which results in a brain injury they can make a good level of recovery and to the outside world they don’t look disabled at all. Therein lies part of the issue. Brain injury can be an invisible condition and because you can’t see it people don’t make allowances or they don’t expect someone to have any difficulties.
Brain injury can make tasks harder
Tasks that most people take for granted such as walking around or getting dressed take more effort after brain injury. One of the reasons is because the pathways in the brain have been damaged so the signals that send messages from one place to another have to find a new route, which takes longer and requires more effort.
Regular rest breaks
Regular rest breaks can help a great deal in dealing with fatigue as well as pacing tasks across the day or week and monitoring what works and what makes it worse.
Getting enough sleep
Ensuring regular sleeping patterns can also help a great deal to manage your fatigue. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each night, exercising regularly, eating healthily and not to much before bed and reducing caffeine and nicotine intake can also help a great deal.
Relaxation techniques can help you to wind down and be calm before bed and can help you sleep, meaning that you are more able to function throughout the next day as you feel rested.
Managing fatigue is similar to all those healthy steps most people need to work towards doing anyway, and although it can be challenging to stay on track and maintain a healthy lifestyle it can mean you can live a more fulfilling life.