How Will Repetition Help Me?
Repetition is key
That you are ‘always trying’ is a key to getting ‘you’ back.
Trying shows that you are motivated and engaged in your recovery. It shows resilience and determination to create change.
You will probably recognise that you don’t have an alternative and, even if you are unconscious of this, and perhaps feel there is no point or that getting better is too hard or impossible, any small thing you achieve in the day is an indication that you are trying.
What you need to do is to turn ‘trying’ into active action so that you are deliberately driving your rewiring rather than perpetually struggling.
Repetition is paramount when it comes to building memories and learning. It helps us to make hard-to-do tasks habitual again.
This means that we are going from being unaware of incompetence to being aware of it, and eventually becoming unconscious of our competence because the task has become habit again.
Your brain and subconscious are always working on helping you – even when it doesn’t feel like it.
Learning to trust that your brain is hurt, and yet, is still trying to help you while it is healing and repairing, is vital to understanding that you and your brain are in this together. By learning how to make conscious effort you can help the brain know what you want it to do speeding up the improvements you can make.
When we can resist frustration, we can instead focus on giving direct commands to the brain about the things we want ‘it’ to do. Getting upset adds to the problems we experience and causes stress which inflames the brain and makes things harder.
Repetition is critical when it comes to re-learning anything, including tasks. For example, if you are trying to learn how to make a cup of tea doing this only once a day may means that it can take months or even years to re-master the skill.
However, if you focus on each task and repeat it over and over again for several days, this will help to build the myelin sheath around the new pathway making it stronger. What you need is to strengthen these paths so often that you form new habits so that we are once again able to carry out tasks automatically.
It is worth spending the time focusing on problematic tasks because the more we ‘re-store’ as a habit, the more thinking ‘space’ there is in the brain to be able to focus on other things, such as communication.
Keeping focused on a task also improves our ability to improve attention and concentration.
Every memory remains stored at some level – the problem people have is how to access the storage units when so many parts of the map are damaged.
It is possible that neurological damage only inhibits access to memories, rather than erasing them, so you may have a number of lightbulb moments when things reconnect.
If you use the BEST Suite on your device, you can use it to set up routine tasks so that your brain learns what you want from it and when.