Things You Can Do

There are certain things you can do to help recover from a concussion. Many involve helping your brain heal itself.

  • Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day.
  • Avoid sustained computer use, including computer/video games, early in the recovery process.
  • Avoid activities that are physically demanding.
  • Avoid activities that require a lot of concentration, such as balancing your checkbook.
  • Avoid activities, such as contact or recreational sports, that could lead to another concussion.
  • Limit exposure time to bright lights and loud sounds.
  • When your healthcare professional says you are well enough, return to your normal activities gradually, not all at once.
  • Because your ability to react may be slower after a concussion, ask your doctor when it may be safe for you to drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment.
  • Consider talking with your employer about returning to work gradually and about changing your work activities or schedule until you fully recover (half-days).
  • Take only those medications your doctor has approved, including over-the-counter drugs.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages until your healthcare professional says you are well enough. Alcohol and other drugs may slow your recovery and put you at risk of further injury.
  • Consult with family members or close friends when making important decisions.
  • Eat more protein
  • Eat foods rich in Omega-3s (fatty fish, walnuts, flax seeds, soy)
  • Eat foods with lots of antioxidants


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