Tips from Kaitlyn

These tips are from her experience and may or may not be helpful to all.

  • Avoid screens as much as possible, especially small ones
  • Elongate the back of your neck (don’t stick your chin up/out)
  • Speak up for yourself
  • Walk slowly
  • Eat regularly
  • Listen to your body- if symptoms are getting worse, take a break
  • Avoid high impact exercise
  • You are injured, even if you don’t look like it. Just like you can’t run 2 miles right after you sprained your ankle, you can’t do 2 hours of homework right after you got a concussion
  • Bring earplugs everywhere with you
  • Get good sunglasses that aren’t too tight on your head but block the sun well
  • Avoid multitasking (even as small as walking and texting)
  • Tell your teachers about your injury and keep them updated. They’ll forget if you only tell them once, but they’ll understand any need for accommodations if you keep them in the          loop
  • Try to sit and stand facing whatever you’re looking at (don’t turn your head far to either side a lot)
  • Don’t be afraid to miss out on things. There will be time for that later, right now your health is more important.
  • Drink water all the time
  • Get a water bottle you like so you’re more inclined to carry it with you
  • Take “head breaks” anytime you need them
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take naps
  • Try ice or heat
  • Stay active in any way you can
  • Try yoga at home
  • 10 minutes on a stationary bike with no resistance
  • A slow relaxing walk
  • Do research to understand what’s really happening as best you can
  • Find hobbies you can do without inducing symptoms
  • Keep notes on all your doctors and what they say…after a while it may all blur together
  • Avoid ponytails