A traumatic brain injury can take months or even years to recover from. The changes you experience could interfere with your ability to work or maintain the same level of independence.
If you reach a point in your recovery where you desire to return to the workplace, you might wonder if it is a reasonable thought at all. However, with the right support, you may have the chance to enjoy a career despite your TBI.
Prioritize your recovery
One of the biggest factors that influence how well you can recover from a TBI is how much time passes between injury and aid. TBIs have a significant impact on your body’s response and delayed treatment could have a detrimental outcome. Even though you may want to return to work, prioritize your recovery first. Collaborate with your medical provider to determine at what point in your recovery you could safely return to work.
Focus on rehabilitative therapy
Take advantage of rehabilitative therapies. This could include physical therapy, speech therapy and vocational rehabilitation among others. Each of these resources can help you rebuild skills, learn to cope with the changes you have experienced and become more resilient to the uncertainty of your condition.
Start out slow
When the time comes to return to work, take things slowly. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a traumatic brain injury might mean you need to work fewer hours, have a smaller workload and take more breaks throughout your shift. Do not be afraid to communicate your needs with your employer.
Returning to the workforce after a TBI can improve your confidence and satisfaction. Not pushing yourself too quickly may improve your experience in the long run.