Teenage tips: managing fatigue

To end our teenage week, young people have shared their tips on managing fatigue, taken from our book Me and my brain.

Fatigue is a kind of tiredness. It includes physical tiredness – tiredness of the body – and mental tiredness – tiredness of the brain. If you've had a brain injury, your tiredness can multiply and become even worse. When fatigue or tiredness happens it can drag you down. Can you imagine trying to walk through a big pool of thick honey? This is sort of what it can feel like for people suffering from fatigue or tiredness after a brain injury.  Here, several teenagers share their experiences:

Alex B

"Naps are my best friend! Taking naps really helps me to manage my fatigue. "Fatigue is a very personal thing and you have to learn to notice when you are getting tired and take time out and rest, have a coffee and just sit down."

Charlotte

"If my friends are planning a busy day out, I will explain that it may be too much for me because I get tired, as an effect of my brain injury. "I might choose to do the part of the day that I enjoy the most and go along to those parts rather than the whole day."

Chas

"For a while I refused to associate my fatigue with my accident. I didn’t want my accident to limit my attitude or ability. “However, I’m now more willing to address the problems that have been caused by the accident. “When I feel tired now, I take naps. Naps are great. I usually stick to short naps because I find that longer naps make me feel groggy and mess up my sleep cycle.”

These tips were taken from our new teenage handbook, Me and my brain, which can be ordered here.

You can also read tips on friendships and returning to school.

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