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Creating Your Own Brain Improvement Programme

Oct 05, 2022

 

If you have a brain injury a large part of recovery is re-training the brain to rebuild neural pathways damaged by the injury.  The brain goes into extreme panic and shut down to repair itself and then you have to rehabilitate it back to functionality.

 

Yet unlike other parts of our body that we injure we still expect the brain to work relatively normally – thoughts, emotions, behaviours, basic and higher level cognitive functioning – so that we can have relationships, look after our homes & go to work, let alone physical functionality like basic balance.  

 

The brain can’t recover if you just demand it to work; you have to rehabilitate it like you would go to physiotherapy for a broken leg to help you walk again. For extreme brain injury there are specialist doctors that will support survivors, but often those with mild TBIs don’t get the same medical support.

 

I found myself having to work out my own recovery path, experimenting throughout with what worked or didn’t, and sometimes coming back to things at a later date. In some ways, I support the often poor medical support path for brain injury, mental health and brain-related diseases like Alzheimers because it requires the individual to empower their own pathway to wellbeing and healing. 

 

About a year after my accident a fellow Traumatic Brain Injury survivor recommended the book ‘Smarter’ by Dan Hurley to me.  It is a very good book that reviews the different scientific studies that have been conducted on how you can become smarter i.e. more intelligent.  

 

I found this book great for tips on how I could further rehabilitate myself with a better scientific understanding behind what I was choosing to do. By focusing on how to train the brain to become more intelligent Hurley looks at studies throughout the range of ability and age in the population.  The book’s overview of strategies is really helpful in informing your own ‘brain improvement’ programme.

 

A couple of posts will follow this month about specific aspects of brain training that can support better cognitive control, and a potential to a sense of mental wellbeing. It is important to note that areas to cover include:

 

  • Diet and gut health
  • Exercise and energy of the body
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Sensory overwhelm and training for discernment of choice
  • Social connection and relationship care 

 

If you have suffered a brain injury, please get in touch with me for my free PDF guide of support resources that you might find helpful. If you have not experienced a brain injury, some of these tips may be useful to support mental wellbeing and you’re also invited to connect for the guide. 

 

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