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Resources to maintain physical health.


It is really important to keep ourselves as physically healthy as possible after a brain injury.  This applies to people who are supporting us too! 

Exercise

The current government advice is to try to exercise outside once a day if possible whilst observing social distancing rules e.g. walking.  Exercise in a way which does not add risk of harm rather than choosing activities where you may end up in A&E! If you exercise indoors, there are lots of videos online offering different levels of exercise; stretches and strengthening, individually and as part of virtual classes.  However, for anyone experiencing changes to balance, movement, sensation or muscle tone, only select those you feel are in keeping with advice from your medical professionals.  And remember, doing housework is also good exercise!


Examples of general advice include:

  • NHS Live Well Specific information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including advice about diet, exercise, sleep and mental health.
  • Brain and Spine Specific help for people with neurological symptoms to get more active.

Eating

It is important we eat regularly, maintain a good balanced diet and stay hydrated.  This can be more difficult when there is a change to our usual daily structure, or we may forget when to eat if we don’t ‘feel hungry’.  Try to create some routines for meals, and set reminders e.g. on your phone to alert you.  There are also free apps which can help you to manage your diet. 

Government advice about diet can be found HERE

Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep can be tricky at the best of times for all sorts of reasons.  Maintaining a regular sleep-wake pattern, and having an environment conducive to sleep is key. 

Government advice about sleep can be found HERE

Managing Fatigue

Many people experience fatigue following a brain injury.  Various organisations have specific advice to help manage this symptom and pace ourselves, e.g. 

Information to help people understand and manage physical and mental fatigue, written by members of the OZC team in association with Headway can be found HERE

 


 

Disclaimer

Although we take every care only to provide the very best resources to our clients and families, we cannot take any responsibility for any difficulties stemming from the use of any of the websites, materials, apps, software etc. offered by third parties. Sometimes links or resources become dated and although we do our best to keep checking that information on these pages are accurate and up to date, we rely on our clients and families to: 

- Let us know if anything is out of date or unhelpful

- Make us aware of additional resources not yet listed here

Please therefore feel free to get in touch via our contact form (see bottom of page) to let us know more about any other resources clients and families like you may benefit from. 


 

 

 

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