Summer Is Here For Everyone. Relax While On The Pathway To TBI Recovery.

Feelings of anxiety, worries, low mood, irritability and sleep problems are all common after a mild head injury.

There are hundreds of ways to relax. If you have something that works for you then please use it. Some people relax by gardening, walking, swimming, reading a book. However, your symptoms might mean that you have stopped participating in activities that you previously found relaxing.

Breathing Exercises – Breathing exercises can help you calm down when you are feeling stressed, anxious, dizzy or lightheaded, by breathing slowly and steadily.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation – Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) involves tensing and then relaxing different muscle groups, one by one. This can help you relax when you are feeling anxious or tense, or if you are experiencing difficulty falling asleep.

Imagery Training – Imagery training is focused more on mental tension and can help you relax when you are nervous, anxious or worrying a lot. It involves picturing yourself in a pleasant scene and heightening sensory awareness, allowing yourself to relax and distract you from your worries.(

Yoga For Brain Injury – Yoga is more than just stretching and awkward poses. The practice of yoga incorporates the use of breath, focus, balance, and muscle strength. As a therapy for both the mind and body, yoga can bring a new focus of what one can achieve, building optimism, confidence, and balance. By quieting the mind, stress and anxiety is reduced and the body can focus on building strength and flexibility.

Meditation For Brain Injury – The practice of mindfulness meditation teaches how to be present and aware of our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sensations. When the body and mind can be quiet and the attention is focused on the breath, everything else can disappear: our judgments, limitations, pain, anxiety, and depression. This powerful tool can help mitigate the stress response and even create beneficial neuroplasticity.(