Coping Strategies

We will post random sample strategies that some of our clients might use.  You are welcome to give it a try.  If you have a strategy that is helpful, send it to us and we will post it.

MEMORY STRATEGY – How to keep from losing car keys.

Problem – Many people report a frequent problem of losing car keys.  They put the keys down in the house but can’t remember where they put them.  This then leads to a long and frustrating search of the house.

Strategy – Car keys can only exist in three places: 1) In the car ignition, 2) In your pocket or purse, and 3) On the night stand near your bed.  They can not touch anywhere else in the world.  Think of the keys like anti-matter – if it touches anything else in the world, they explode.  So, no laying them down on the kitchen table when you bring groceries in.  Once you develop the discipline of this rule, no more frustrating searches.

 

PAIN STRATEGY – Decrease light sensitive headaches when riding/driving in a car.

Problem – Sensitivity to light is a common problem in concussion.  People go from their home or office and go into the bright outside light and suddenly their headache starts or gets worse.  Riding in a car is also a strong trigger for headaches.  This is especially true in the Spring and Winter seasons as the sun flashes thru trees as you are moving. Standard sun glasses are not that helpful.

Strategy – A wrap around style sunglasses can be very helpful.  After trying many different types of sunglasses, New Approaches clients have overwhelmingly found a pair of safety sunglasses that you can purchase on Amazon for under $9 to be the most helpful.  Click the link here to see what they look like.  They are not the bulky type that you get when you see your eye doctor.  Remember to put them on before you go out into the bright sun light. Wearing them all the time is not a good idea; you want to slowly decrease light sensitivity over time by gradually using the glasses less and less.  Always talk with your family physician about light sensitivity and headaches following a concussion.