Are you wondering what to do if you have a concussion? It’s OK if you are. Too many people mistakenly believe a concussion is just a bump on the head. It’s not, though. It can cause long-term issues if it’s not treated properly.
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Hi. So, what should you do if you think that you have suffered a concussion?
If you’ve been in a car crash, or you’ve had a fall, or you’ve had a sports injury and you think you’ve suffered a concussion, these are the things that you should do.
What to Do if You Have a Concussion
Always Get Checked Out
Of course, go to a doctor. Get a diagnosis. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
I’m going to relay some of the things that I hear most often from my clients who have told me what their doctors have told them to do. And some things that I have seen in my own research and what people have said that they’ve received a favorable response after following these recommendations.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
So the very, very first thing is rest. Your brain needs rest.
You’d Rest with Any Other Injury, Right?
You know, I always go back to the example of: if you had a shoulder injury or if you broke your arm you’re not gonna go use your shoulder and your arm. You’re gonna put it in a sling, and you’re gonna not use it.
So don’t use your brain. If you have a concussion your brain was injured, and it needs rest. So number one thing, rest.
It’s very hard because people can’t see your injury, right. So they’re not gonna understand why you need rest because you look normal, but just know that you gotta do that for yourself. You gotta take care of yourself. So that’s number one.
And if possible stay home. Don’t go to school. Don’t go to work.
Again, too much brain stimulation is not gonna help you in any way. You can do some low-level physical activity like walking.
2. Put Down Your Devices
Try to avoid screens of any kind. So TVs. Time for an audio book. Cell phones and computers.
Again, just let your brain rest.
3. Don’t Rush Your Recovery
If you do try to start doing some activity and you notice that you might have some vision changes, or you might start to feel a headache, or you might start to feel a little lightheaded, stop what you’re doing and take a break.
4. Consider Your Surroundings
Wear sunglasses or a hat. Create a dimmer and quieter workspace. This is particularly important when you do go back to work or school to ease into all the stimuli that’s out there.
5. Avoid Rash Decisions
And you know, be careful with decision-making and financial calculations.
6. Be Patient – With Yourself & Your Brain
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill. You can’t just take something to make a concussion go away or to make it heal. It just takes time.
You can’t force your brain to get better quicker. It’s not your fault. Your brain was injured. It just, it has to go through its own process. And every brain injury is different.
So yeah, it’s a physical injury and it just takes time.
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