Dealing with stress during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can be very difficult for individuals living with the impact of brain injuries.
In this article, I share what has helped me deal with stress as I interact with family and friends during the holiday season.
In the event that you find yourself experiencing stress during the holidays may what I share in this article series help you to have more serenity.
Serenity as you interact with family and friends during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
To make reading/watching and listening to the article more manageable, I have divided the article into 4 parts. I will included links to the additional 4 Parts, as well as links to the 2 Parts of the video presentation series of the article below. I would encourage you to read and / or listen to / watch each of the 4 parts of the article to gain the full benefit of the article series. As questions arise, send those question to me.
Traumatic Brain Injury — Stress, Anxiety and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Part 1
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. A few days ago I received a request to write an article addressing stress related to the holiday season. In the following article I will address several of the factors that I believe impact the lives of brain injury survivors during the holiday season.
In 2 weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us, then 3 weeks later Christmas and a week later New Years Eve and New Years Day. For many families these 5-6 weeks — with the anticipation and preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — can be laden with anxiety and stress.
For many traumatic brain injury survivors the filters with in their brains — that monitor impulsive behavior and mood changes — are damaged at the time of their brain injuries. With increased stress and sensory overload — during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — the brain injury survivor filters are taxed. Consequently, the brain injury survivor is more susceptible to impulsive behavior and unexplained mood swings. Consequently, the brain injury survivor may feel shunned and shamed around family and friends because of the invisible nature of their disability. The brain injury survivor may subsequently experience feelings of isolation and alienation.
My suggestion here would be to love and accept yourself and be your own advocate. Rather than feeling shame and shunned — because of your deficits and limitations — be honest and share your struggles with family members and friends.
Below are links to the other 3 Parts of the written article:
Below is a video presentation of the article. I have combined parts 1 and 2 in one presentation and parts 3 and 4 in the 2nd presentation. Click on the links and the video presentation (s) will open on You Tube.
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