Millions of people every year suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries could bring thousands of dollars in medical bills that you should not have to cover if someone else’s negligence caused your TBI. When this happens, call a brain injury attorney. They will investigate the accident and the circumstances leading up to it.
You should never take a head injury lightly. Seek medical attention immediately after any blow to the head. Doctors can help you on the road to recovery, but there are some exercises you can do at home to help you recover from a TBI.
Do Something New
When you’re healing from a brain injury, it’s okay to take things slow. You might be a long way off from driving again, but that’s normal. Everyone’s healing process is different. In the meantime, though, you can do something new to regain brain function. It does not have to be anything major. It can be walking in a new area or trying different foods. Doing new things will keep you motivated throughout the recovery process, even when it’s difficult. Additionally, your brain makes neurons during new experiences.
Utilize Your Senses
The more senses you use, the more you engage your brain. A simple way to utilize your senses is eating, which uses both taste and smell. Finger foods will also activate your touch sense. Taking a walk through the park will use your sound, smell, and sight senses. When invigorating your senses, pay attention to what each one is telling you. This will help your brain remember connections while forging new ones.
Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
Switch to your non-dominant hand for a few activities each day. This will trigger activity on the other side of your brain. It also strengthens your neurons since they’ll be working together in different ways. You may also get the same effect by doing things upside down or backward. For example, look at a clock upside down or walk down the hallway backward.
Increase Your Memorization Skills
As you go through the TBI recovery process, you’ll likely want to engage in more challenging activities. Add a level of difficulty by strengthening your memorization skills. Don’t worry if you do not succeed right away. Remember, recovery is a marathon—not a sprint—so take things a little bit at a time. Start by trying to remember a few things off your grocery list before looking at it. As time goes by, try memorizing more of the list until you don’t need one at all.
Make a Map
An excellent way to rebuild your memory after a head injury is to recreate a map. Start with something simple, such as how to go from your house to the grocery store. As your memory improves, try drawing a map of more complex things, like your hometown, state, or even country.
Train Your Motor Skills
Throughout your head injury recovery, challenge your motor skills. A motor skill is a function that involves a specific muscle movement to perform a particular act. Drawing, painting, knitting, and puzzling are all examples of motor skills. Doing something new will double the benefits!
Journal Your Recovery
Journaling the recovery process is a great way to see how far you have come since your accident. You don’t have to write every day, and you do not have to treat a journal as a diary. Simply jot down what you’re experiencing and what sense you’re using. It’s a relaxing exercise that will also improve cognitive abilities.
Speak to a California Brain Injury Lawyer Today
These seven exercises are great ways to help you recover from a traumatic brain injury, but you might need surgery or physical therapy to regain brain function fully. This can quickly become expensive, especially if you are out of work without pay. If someone else caused your head injury, reach out to the Law Offices of J.G. Winter.
Attorney Jeremy Winter is an experienced brain injury attorney and will work hard to hold the negligent party accountable. Call (844) 734-2626 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.