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Wellness is about keeping your mind and body as
healthy as they can be, and keeping balance in your life.
Here we will post exercise ideas, healthy recipes, and suggestions to help you
avoid depression and improve your mental functioning.
Obvious Suggestion of the Week: If you are
communications challenged, avoid challenging communications!
|Feed the Body,
Feed the Brain
We know a lot of
you have given up on your kitchen and fallen in love with the deli counter
and the drive thru. Its hard to shop, much less cook when you are tired and
confused. But nutrition is especially important when your brain chemistry is
already out of whack from an injury. On this page we have tips on shopping,
nutrition and restaurant dining.
Its true that some of what you
are experiencing is depressing. It is also true that the injury itself can cause chemical
changes in the brain that trigger changes in your mood. But there are some
things you can do to help your brain move toward a healthier emotional
balance. Humor, exercise, distraction, positive self-talk, and making
connections with others are all part of the puzzle.
|Work the Body
The newest research shows that the single
biggest factor in treating depression is... you got it, exercise. But a
person with brain injury can have many challenges in the kind of exercise
they were used to getting before the injury.
How about a little fun and a little mental
exercise all at the same time? There are a number of online games and
quizzes that are designed to test your memory, speed up your thinking, and
maybe even help you with visual tracking and focus. If you are looking for
entertainment rather than actual therapy, check out some of the links we've
found. (As a fringe benefit, one woman swears she can't be depressed and
play a game at the same time, since she lost the ability to multi-task after