Road to recovery

It can take some time to fully recover after suffering from a head injury. But fortunately, there a lot of things you can do to help yourself get better.

This website is filled with information and practical tips to guide you during your recovery.

If you are looking for advice on a specific symptom, such as dizziness, headache or memory problems you can look up your symptom under ‘Symptoms‘.

Click on the links below to find tips and tools on various topics, such as medication, restarting activities, relaxation, memory, sleep and alcohol use.

Key points:

  • It’s OK to take painkillers to relieve your headache. But be aware that using painkillers regularly over a longer period of time can eventually worsen your headache.
  • Try to avoid sedatives (sleeping pills), for they can increase memory and concentration problems.
  • Sleep disturbances are common after a mild head injury. Use these tips to help you re-establish your normal sleeping pattern.
  • Relaxation exercises can be helpful if you are suffering from anxiety, low mood, sleep problems or irritability.
  • Avoiding your usual activities can lead to loss of confidence, reduced physical fitness and fatigue, so try to gradually return to your usual routines. Try to take it steady, rather than swinging between too much activity and too little.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for a week or two following your injury.
  • Alcohol problems are very common in people experiencing head injuries. Reducing your drinking will aid your recovery. Read more about it here.
  • Do not play any contact sport (eg football or squash) for at least three weeks without talking to your doctor first.