Fatigue and Overload Strategies for preventing shutdowns and meltdowns after brain injury

Fatigue and Overload Strategies for preventing shutdowns and meltdowns after brain injury

Barbara J. Webster
This tip card helps survivors, families and caregivers understand and cope with fatigue after brain injury. It gives tips on managing fatigue, energy, stress and overload and finding a healthy balance to prevent meltdowns.
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Just as each brain injury is different, experience with fatigue varies with every survivor. But for almost every survivor of a brain injury, nearly all your energy is needed just to function. This tip card lists the most common symptoms of fatigue and how to manage it. It also explains how to pace and balance your tasks by managing your energy instead of managing your time. There are strategies for minimizing stress, overload and meltdowns to conserve your energy and work more efficiently.
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Item FTOV
Pages 8
Year 2011

Authors

Barbara J. Webster

As a survivor of a brain injury and leader of hundreds of support groups for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, Barbara Webster has extensive knowledge and experience with the cognitive challenges of traumatic brain injury. She is also author of a comprehensive workbook for survivors, families and caregivers titled, Lost and Found: A Survivor’s Guide for Reconstructing Life after a Brain Injury . She is a talented and compassionate author and workshop leader on the challenges, frustrations and rewards of rebuilding life after brain injury.

Contents

Fatigue and Overload

Strategies for preventing shutdowns and meltdowns after brain injury

 

My brain is tired and I can't think!

Tips for managing fatigue

 

Symptoms of brain fatigue

Warning signs you may experience

 

Pacing and balancing

Tips for managing energy

 

Managing stress

Tips for managing stress

 

Managing overload and preventing meltdowns

Conclusion

References

Excerpts

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My brain is tired and I can't think!

Things that used to be easy before your injury are now more difficult and take longer to do. Cutting back and keeping things simple will give you more energy for healing. Be patient with yourself, remember you are healing and know that your challenges will get easier over time.

Tips for managing fatigue…

  • Try to get a good night's sleep. You can't recharge and heal if you can't sleep.
  • Maintain a sleep schedule by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. 
  • Avoid taking more than a 1 hour nap after 3:00 in the afternoon. 
  • Take pain medications as prescribed. Pain causes fatigue.
  • Exercise every day.

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