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Tips for managing the effects of your brain injury over Christmas

The festive period can be a stressful time for anyone; so much to do, so much to buy, so much to organise!  For those with a brain injury, this time can be particularly difficult but if you plan ahead, it can make it much easier and enjoyable.

I have written some handy hints to help people in the lead up to Christmas and on the big day:

C hristmas is all about spending time with friends and family.  If you suffer from fatigue, make sure you do not overdo it.  Stick to your usual sleep routine and get plenty of rest.

H eadway identity cards can be really helpful if you are in a situation when someone should be made aware of your brain injury.  For example, in a busy shop if you would like someone to help you choose a Christmas present and want to avoid the anxiety of the crowds.

R emember that doctors and pharmacies are likely to be closed over the Christmas period so make sure you have enough medication to last you until the New Year.

I f you do not like being in busy environments and want to avoid the high-street Christmas rush, you could shop online for Christmas presents rather than going in-store.

S ometimes the bright, flashing lights that come with Christmas can be too much if you have light sensitivity problems.  If you are going out, you could take tinted sunglasses with you to protect your eyes.  If you are in your family or friend’s house and they have flashing lights, ask them to turn them off.

T o avoid leaving anyone out, you could write a list of who you would like to send cards or presents to.  If you want to avoid any last minute rushes, why not start buying your presents early?  (Just try not to forget where you have put them!)

M anaging your money around this period is really important as it can be an expensive month.  To avoid overspending, you could set a Christmas budget and regularly review it.

A lcohol may be a big part of your Christmas but remember that following a brain injury, you might have an altered tolerance to it.  If you are drinking, make sure you have a friend looking out for you.

S implicity is key.  If you are having people over for Christmas dinner, why not ask everyone to contribute a dish?  This means you will have less to think about on the day and can spend more time enjoying time with your friends and family.

Most importantly, celebrate in a way that makes you happy and comfortable!

Victoria Moore is a paralegal in the Adult Brain Injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp.  If you feel you may have a claim or are enquiring on behalf of a loved one, contact Victoria free of charge and in confidence at victoriamoore@boltburdonkemp.co.uk.  Alternatively, complete this form and one of the solicitors in the Adult Brain Injury team will contact you.  Find out more about the Adult Brain Injury team.

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