Brain Injury? 7 Tips for Handling It Over the Holidays

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The holidays are known for parties, bright flashing lights, and lots of hustle and bustle — all of which can be incredibly difficult for someone with a brain injury to handle. While dealing with the repercussions of a brain injury may feel permanent and overwhelming now, there is hope for recovery. 

To help you get through the holidays, which can be markedly more stressful when you’re dealing with a brain injury, our personal injury attorneys have put together this blog with tips. If you need help with your insurance company or with getting compensation, then Fairell Roy & Associates is here for you. Our personal injury attorneys deal with everything from car and truck accidents to brain injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more. Our personal injury law firm is conveniently located in Tucker, and we serve clients throughout Atlanta. Keep reading to learn more and then contact us today to meet with a personal injury attorney.

Be Your Own Advocate (and Ask for Help)

First and foremost, you need to practice being your own advocate. This means that even in situations where it could be awkward (like at a relative’s house on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve), you remove yourself from the situation if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. The same goes for public situations. For example, you could ask a waiter to turn down the music at the restaurant.

Commit to Saying No If Needed

In that same vein, don’t be afraid to say no! Whether you know you can’t handle that restaurant or party in the first place, or you know family can’t count on you to make your signature dish this year, go ahead and do yourself the favor of saying no. This will help you and everyone else be more comfortable and safe during the holidays.

Decrease Stimuli Where Possible

Let’s say you’re normally OK with listening to the radio or watching TV. However, you’re on your way to a busy restaurant or store and know you’ll be overwhelmed; go ahead and decrease stimuli ahead of time. Wear earplugs when needed to decrease noise or wear glasses or a hat to limit light. Watch out for flashing lights, fireworks, or other bright or loud holiday happenings.

Get Plenty of Sleep and Rest

With the busyness of the holiday season, this can actually be a tricky one to follow through on! However, as you prioritize your sleep and rest, you’ll take care of your brain and your body and be better able to handle the stimulation of the holidays. Consider taking a nap before or after big events.

Make a List

Your brain is adjusting and isn’t what it once was — and that’s OK! Save yourself the stress of not remembering everything you need at the store or out on errands by making a list and sticking to it. This will help you stay organized and keep your stress levels low in potentially stressful, overwhelming locations like the store. Everything from “call your personal injury attorney” to “buy a ham” and “wrap presents” should be on your list.

Prepare for Going Out

Speaking of making a list, you should prepare as best as you can for going out. Figure out exactly where you’re going, how much time you’ll need to get there, what you’re taking with you, what you’ll wear, and what you’ll say if you need to leave. If you’re going to a restaurant you’re unfamiliar with, go ahead and check out the menu ahead of time. And, once you are at the restaurant, sit in a quiet part where you can face the wall to limit seeing movement.

Stay Hydrated and Nourished

Finally, make sure you stay hydrated and nourished. Again, this may seem like a no-brainer much like getting enough sleep and rest. However, it can make all the difference in your mood, energy, and how you handle certain situations. Your brain is counting on you to eat properly and often and to drink enough water so that it can function and continue to recover.

Meet With a Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta Today

Whether you’re looking for a car accident lawyer, truck accident attorney, slip and fall lawyer, or any other accident attorney who has experience with brain injuries, you can count on Fairell Roy & Associates.

Our team of personal injury attorneys is endlessly committed to helping victims of personal injury get back on their feet and feel confident moving forward. Check out some of our other blogs for more information from our personal injury attorneys:

Browse through those blogs and feel free to contact our accident lawyers with any questions regarding personal injury. In fact, contact us today to schedule a meeting with a personal injury attorney in Atlanta!

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