What Your Brain Needs

What Your Brain Needs

It is your brain that is injured – not who you are.

Although your behaviour and moods may be different, if you think about it, your innate personality is the same. If you were previously tenacious, pessimistic, self-confident, enjoyed a challenge, were thoughtful and caring – you will still be all these things. The difference that you feel and notice is there because of changes within your brain, not because who you are has changed. 

You can use these innate aspects of your personality to drive your rehabilitation. Even where there is a loss of self-awareness, you will eventually be able to see how your innate self is evident in the effort or resistance you have towards your rehabilitation.

Your injured brain needs you to help it. 

Insights and realisations can be slow to develop – but they will come if you use strategies, tools and techniques in a purposeful way – every day.

Your injured brain needs your encouragement and support, just as much as you need this from the people around you.

There are two ways to look at the errors your injured brain makes. You can either allow these mistakes to reflect within your sense of self and feel helpless, or you can sustain your sense of self by understanding that what your brain does isn’t what you would want or choose, and is therefore due to malfunction and not who you are.

Your brain needs feedback from you.

Every small success needs congratulating and noting because you are telling your brain what it has done well, what you want to see more of, and what you want it to repeat. 

Be consistent. Choose how you will communicate how pleased you are to your brain. For example, you could reach your hand over your shoulder and pat yourself on the back and say, ‘well done brain, you put the car keys on the hook!’ 

Your brain will respond to your actions and reaction. It wants and needs direction from you.

It is your brain, and you must direct how you want it to rewire. 

Useful Tool

The tools within the BEST Suite app can help you set goals and what you want to achieve in life.

It can also be used as a personal support system to help pace yourself throughout the day and to give you access to strategies that you know work for you. It requires you to think about what you want in order to set it up to be most effective for you.