Christmas can be a busy, chaotic and stressful time and the effects of a brain injury may turn festive fun into festive fear.
We’ve put together a few tips to help make the Christmas season a bit easier following a brain injury.
So how do people with a brain injury plan for a stress-free Christmas? We posed the question to our Facebook and HealthUnlocked communities and received some excellent tips:
Try not to do everything, accept help, ask for it if needed, try and space out the visits so not everyone all at once or, if not possible, take regular breaks, hour naps or lie down.
- Lisa-Marie Scott
Don’t be afraid to say ‘I’m going to have a rest now’ then join back in when you are ready.
- Sonia Piper-Notley
A general tip would be keep it all as simple and cheap as you can and, if you are hosting, ask family to bring a contribution to the dinner.
Circle the calendar or memo your phone to remind you to order meds to see you through until the new year. Present shop throughout the year. Clear at least a few days for wrapping, same again for delivery. As for food shopping, I start adding a Christmas item each week to the shopping for the freezer.
The run up before can be overload time so once again plan shopping. I wrap and hide presents – but I have to remember to let someone else know where I’ve put them...yes I have found presents at Easter time.
If you find yourself struggling with the stresses of Christmas you might find talking to someone helpful. Please note that the Headway helpline will be closed over the Christmas period, however other sources of support will be available. The Samaritans will be open throughout Christmas and offer a listening ear. Find out how to contact them here.
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