Meditation

Meditation is so critical after TBI. It helps to free up energy to be used on brain repair which otherwise would be spent on stress and anxiety. It increases GABA, our relaxing neurotransmitter. It helps to calm limbic kindling. Take 5 minutes out of your day to meditate and help fix your broken brain! Check out Kellie’s suggestion of MUSE.

Kellie Pokrifka 

I have heard some of the best neurologists in the world speak at conferences around the US. Meditation and yoga are scientifically proven to open up new pathways in the brain. I practice yoga at least 5 days a week. Meditation is helpful for all. There are many apps with guided meditations: Head Space and Insight Timer are my go to apps. These two things have helped me the most in my recovery.

Harley Rose Taich

Learning how to be present has changed my life for the better, and I highly recommend picking up a copy of Time Magazine's Special Edition on Mindfulness, if you haven't already.  In this issue, Time reported that: "being mindful in the real world isn't always easy, but if we can get even a little bit better at it, we benefit in crucial ways... Mindfulness techniques, including meditation and deep, rhythmic breathing are some of the best lifestyle tools we have to control stress, improve sleep, and even avoid illness." I (or I guess I should say my counselors) recommend the following on-the-go mindfulness apps: Headspace, Calm, Buddhify and Smiling Mind. https://www.anxietycanada.com/ is an amazing website that has a lot of self-help resources.  You can learn about grounding tools, breathing exercises, etc that are so so important. 

Kirsten Short