Healing Your Brain
*There are many things you can do to help your recovery along
*If you are under the guidance of a specialist you can support their work
*Approaching many changes at once can avoid pitfalls, such as disappointment
*Stopping the vicious circles
*Simplifying your plan
Many people struggle with the frustration caused by symptoms that perpetuate for long periods of time and can become irritated when nothing they try seems to help ease the intensity of the outcomes.
Other than other underlying health problems there is a reason for this. There is a reason why it takes so very long for the brain to rewire and for people to start feeling better.
This reason stems from the secondary outcomes that occur immediately following the injury, whether this be caused by and external force, such as a fall or whiplash, or an internal cause, such as a stroke.
In simple terms healing the brain means rewiring because of the physical neurological damage that occurs as a result of the primary injury, and also healing the brains’ environment. Improving the brains’ environment, by making positive lifestyle changes, promotes a better environment for neurological healing and rewiring.
This is what we aim to help you tackle.
If you are struggling to understand it may be easier for you to follow the ‘One, Two, Three Plan.’
The VERY First thing to do!
Speak to your Doctor
Before you take any of the advice given on this site we recommend that you speak to your doctor first.
It used to be the case that many general practitioners believed that progress could not be made months or years after a brain injury, however, many are now aware about plasticity and will refer patients to specialists, such as a neuropsychiatrist, even many years later. There are specialist services available. You need to ask your doctor for a referral. It is important that you seek medical help and take it if it is available.
Be willing to be assertive and, if you can, or need to, take some information with you about ‘Brain Plasticity.’ This may help. If your doctor is willing to refer you then please follow all advice before going any further.
If you are still struggling alone after seeing your doctor then please read on… Even with the help of specialists there are ‘extra’ things for you to learn here.
The Second thing to do!
Consider Your Finances
One thing to really consider here is the available finances you have to invest in your wellness and health.
A lot of people who are living with the outcomes of brain injury can struggle with understanding even simple math, let alone their household finances and budget. This road to recovery may need some shifting in your priorities and the avoidance of debt is crucial – to us all!
Other people struggle with managing their spending because of impulsiveness that wasn’t existent before, and also poor memory that can lead to people not remembering what they have spent.
It is really important that you address any such issues before going any further. You may need to make new priorities; listing these down and keeping that list in a prominent place can help. This can be difficult to do if you have problems with ‘new learning’ or processing information.
You may need help. If you do this must be considered carefully. Brain injury can and does cause vulnerability in people that wasn’t there before. It can lead us to trust people that we wouldn’t ordinarily or constructively rely on.
If you are able to use apps there are a number of choices that you can use to help:-
- Just money personal budget: app that helps monitor your budget
- YNAB: helps you budget and save. Users divide money into separate pots such as rent or groceries, when they get paid, every pound is accounted for. If you over or under spend in an area you can move money to another pot. Its focus is on planning ahead with budgeting, setting limits and saving. It costs £35 a year.
- Wally: budgeting app where you track what comes in, what you have saved and what you have budgeted. It has a smartphone location service to track where you are spending money. It can also photograph your receipts to update your spending. Notifications will remind you of upcoming payments and when you have reached a savings goal.
- Good budget: another envelope budgeting app where you divide your money into different pots. Envelopes and balances can be synched between different devices and other people – can be used to work out household budget with a spouse or partner.
Let’s get started:-
We are going to start with you making a record of where you are now. This is important because it will help you to recognise your progress. Our hope is that you will soon start to feel better and be able to notice real changes, but you may miss this opportunity to gauge the changes if you don’t take your time.
Being able to recognise your progress can elicit some feelings of excitement. This is good – those happy chemicals will help you to heal, so this is another reason to take your time. Think of this programme as a book. Don’t be tempted to go and read the last chapter or to check the index for things you think you are most interested in solving.
Also, if you are living with a brain injury trying to rush ahead will likely cause you frustration and that will result in negative chemicals flooding your body making you feel poorly. We don’t want that.
The next thing we are going to do is to get your body as healthy as possible. We understand that many people will have financial restrictions and so we will highlight the things that are absolutely necessary to do, and let you know which things you can make a more compromised approach to.
When we don’t get the foundations right people spend years ‘fighting’ outcomes.