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Strategies for Discovering Our New Normal after a Brain Injury
Strategies that have Given me the Ability to Own My Power in my Ongoing Brain Injury Recovery Process
What Makes Me Who I Am In My Life
Mind – Growing in wisdom and understanding of how to relate to ourselves, other people and the world around us.
How We Learn — Understanding ourselves and how we learn after our brain injury. How we learned before our brain injury may now be different. As a result, we may find ourselves frustrated with learning. Consequently, the way people (teachers) may be trying to teach us may not be the way we learn. Get tested to determine how you learn.
Body – Using the principles of neuroplasticity to improve your hand-eye coordination, balance, body awareness, coordination, focus, and agility. Create new neural pathways and brain reorganization through repetitive mirrored movements using both the dominant and non-dominant sides of our bodies.
Spirit – My connection to God. My connection to myself. The importance of making peace with God so that I can learn to trust Him and His guidance, The importance of making peace with my past is so that my past does not spoil my present.
Soul – Growing in knowledge and wisdom of how to accomplish what I discovered through my process of acceptance. Learning to use my gifts, talents as I tap into my ability to live my purpose through my being.
Emotions – Learning how to talk, trust and feel with safe people. The power of identification. Coming out of the shadows of isolation and breaking free from feelings of alienation.
In the event that you experienced a brain injury and are seeking to discover the new you, I have several suggestions.
Realize that a switch has been pulled and you are no longer traveling down a familiar railroad track.
Don’t beat up on yourself because you can no longer do what you could do before your brain injury.
It is healthy to grieve what you can not change. Allow yourself to move through the grieving process.
Give Yourself Permission
Give yourself permission to look at your life and experience in a new way.
Begin to “paint” on the canvas with your gifts, talents, and abilities in ways that work for you.
Understand that the way that you now learn (after your brain injury) may be different from the way you used to learn (before your brain injury).
The way people may be teaching you may not be the way that you now learn. Get tested to see discover the way that you learn best.
Develop an ongoing recovery strategy to include your body, soul, spirit, mind, and emotions in your ongoing recovery process.
Below are Several Tools that Have Helped me to Own my Power through my ongoing brain injury recovery process.
You may find these tools to also be helpful in owning your power after your brain injury.
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