Life doesn’t stop after a brain injury but it does change. For some, those changes may be huge and the adjustment difficult. You still have a life to live – the challenge is to live your life to the fullest despite some of the obstacles you may encounter. People want to live their lives with purpose and meaning. It’s very important to stay connected to a community and re-engage in life, spending all your days home alone will not help your recovery.
Recovery takes time, it could be months or years. By taking small steps each day to rebuild your life you can discover a new sense of self. You’ll reap what you sow – the effort and commitment you put in is well worth it.
Find a buddy or supporter
It helps to have someone on your side, a buddy, who can work along with you. A buddy could be a friend, family member, support group or caregiver. It’s your choice.
If you need help to find a buddy your local brain injury association may be able to connect you with someone.
Use your buddy to talk over your ideas, to keep you on track and to problem solve when you get stuck.
Learn to Become a Self-Manager
The University of Victoria’s self-management programs are free, evidence-based education programs. By attending a 6 week interactive group workshop you will learn to:
- understand and manage your health symptoms
- make healthier eating choices
- become more active
- effectively speak with health care providers,
- deal with difficult emotions,
- set realistic goals and problem solve,
- perform daily tasks easier,
- take action and get more out of life
These self-referral workshops are offered at a variety of times and community locations throughout British Columbia. There are 3 workshops to choose from: Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain or Diabetes
Know Your Limits
- Develop “tools” to find ways around your limitations. It could be using a wheelchair or a walker to get around, or using a day timer or schedule to remind you of what you need to do during the day. This way your limitations can be changed into abilities.
- Get the support you need so you can be safe at home, and do the things you want to do. It will help you have the best quality of life possible.
- Use the resources, support groups, services and programs in your community.