We’ve put together a list of top tips to help you cope with and overcome the challenges of isolation, suggested by brain injury survivors and experts in the field.
Remember that different things will work for different people, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Try a few of the tips, adjust them to suit you and keep track of your feelings to help build your plan for managing isolation.
If your isolation is causing you to experience negative emotions such as depression or anxiety, talk to your GP. They may be able to refer you to specialist services such as counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or a neuropsychologist.
You can also contact the Headway helpline on 0808 800 2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk through your feelings and get guidance on further support if you need it.
While brain injury can cause many difficult changes in your life, it is important to remember that things can improve over time and that you will gradually come to adjust to things.
It can help to remember that even if you are feeling isolated now, things can improve over time and you may form friendships and good memories even in your ‘new’ life with brain injury.
We hope that this information offers some useful tips for coping with isolation after brain injury. Thank you to all of the brain injury survivors who contributed to this article by sharing their experiences of isolation after brain injury.
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