Today’s tip deals with emotions after brain injury. Emotions not only for the survivor, but the whole family as well. Negative emotions such as fear, anger, and despair to name a few will rear their ugly heads. The concern is not that you are feeling these emotions, but what you are doing with them that matters.
Life after a brain injury can be a roller coaster. The best way to work through the feelings is to be honest with those around you. Share what you are feeling. Most of us try to avoid feeling angry, but it is a part of life. Sharing your concerns with others can open up honest conversation and break down those walls that can be built up after a trauma.
Some ways of handling your emotions include…
–Stay in the moment. Rather then wishing for the moment to pass, ask yourself what exactly this moment is about.
–Find someone you trust. Ask for the person’s views and ideas. By sharing the emotion, you will find it more manageable and less overwhelming.
–Review and reflect. Keep a journal of your different emotions and experiences. Reading your journal days, weeks, months, or even years later gives you a different outlook.
These are just a few tips to help you cope with emotions. Remember to recognize negative emotion and harness the energy they provide to take action and accomplish incredible things.
Source: Lash and Associates Publishing, “Emotions-Hope after Brain Injury”