Taking on Your Concussion Management at Home
If you've recently suffered a concussion, we advise that it will probably take you at least 1 - 2 weeks before you start feeling completely back to your normal self again. The good news is that if you're managing your concussion from home, you're well on the road to a full recovery. However, how long it takes will depend on various factors, such as your age, the severity of the concussion, and your health before the head trauma.
Below, we're going to provide you with some helpful tips for taking on your concussion management at home, so you can recover in comfort.
- Get plenty of physical and mental rest
Especially in the first few days after your concussion, we recommend getting plenty of sleep during the night, and resting up during the day. This means no strenuous reading, checking emails, or long periods spent in front of the TV - try to reduce the demands you'd normally make on your brain on a day-to-day basis.
It's not uncommon for some concussion patients to experience problems sleeping, so you may want to try some relaxing sleep preparation methods available online or consult your doctor if these issues persist. Try to avoid physically demanding activities such as heavy household chores, lifting heavy items, or vigorous exercise. Too much physical demand could worsen the symptoms of concussion and slow down your recovery period.
- Ensure your basic care requirements are met
Ensure you're able to drink plenty of water and eat three nutritious meals every day - if possible, don't skip breakfast. Take extra time for grooming and personal hygiene every day, and limit your caffeine intake if you're a big coffee drinker. You may also find it beneficial to cut down on salt, sugar and junk food during your recovery.
- Yes to pain relief, no to alcohol
If you're experiencing headaches, only take the pain relief recommended by your doctor. Remember, taking alcohol or recreational drugs can slow down your recovery, so we advise not drinking until your doctor gives you the go ahead.
- Exercise caution and don't push yourself too hard
Especially in the first few days following a head trauma, it's not uncommon to experience dizzy spells and poor balance. If this is the case, exercise caution and avoid any scenarios that could lead to further concussion. Remain aware of your surroundings, don't use stepladders or work from heights, and take plenty of breaks if necessary.
- Carefully monitor your mood and stress levels
It's common to experience symptoms such as stress, irritability, sadness and anxiety in the days following a concussion; this is completely normal. You may find it useful to try meditation, listening to music, writing things down, and deep breathing.
We find maintaining a positive outlook can help with concussion management, but keep your recovery expectations realistic so there's no chance of pushing yourself too hard. Talking to friends and family is good, but you may wish to keep things low-key to begin with.
- Ease yourself back into work and play gradually
It's important to build up your activities gradually, and only when your doctor says you're ready. Keep your employer informed of your condition, but remember there is no pressure to recover within a certain time frame.
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