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Journaling can be a dynamic and enjoyable experience for people with brain injury as well as family members. It can be an emotional outlet for the concerns, stresses and anxieties of survivors, family members and caregivers. Journaling is also a coping strategy for dealing with the challenges of living with brain injury or being a caregiver. These blogs on jourmaling share guidance and interviews on the strategies, methods and process of journaling.

There are many methods for telling your story—from personal journaling to creative writing to other art forms—by exploring, you will find what works for you.

Five Good Choices to Make After a TBI

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After a traumatic brain injury (TBI) there are plenty of things to learn, relearn, and experience before progress can be measured. This article covers 5 positive steps toward making progress as a TBI survivor. There are also some links to product that directly relate to the article – of different prices, and dealing with similar issues.

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One is The Loneliest Number

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Finding supportive, positive and encouraging people to surround you after TBI can be difficult – sometimes it’s out of our control. Working to be your own best supporter could be your own best option. Feeling alone in your situation can fuel you to strive even harder…make the decision to work on improvement every day!

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Thoughts on My Cracked Head

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Five years later I still have occasional trouble with my memory and with writing. Music is still not enjoyable. Reading tires my brain, but I keep pushing to regain that. I occasionally see some things improve – even at five years. I have “tired brain days” especially after a hard week at work. I keep a calendar of commitments and appointments. I am organized and know where to find information that I need to know. I still am very much “in the moment.”

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How Can I Diminish A Mountain of Anxiety after TBI?

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The huge task of bringing yourself down from the “mountain” of anxiety after TBI is a unchartered trek, since every brain injury is different. This blog post points to some ways to make the journey easier, with some considerable suggestions to help find your way.

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BRAIN INJURY JOURNEY BULLETIN – Journaling

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In 2004, Barbara Stahura discovered how truly restorative and therapeutic journaling is – after a hit-and-run driver left her husband, Ken, with a serious traumatic brain injury. She found solace in writing a journal – and found it to be a safe, nonjudgmental place to release her thoughts and feelings, often several times a day. By expressing her fears, panic, questions, anger, and love—she was keeping track of what was happening to Ken and to herself as well. As Ken very slowly returned mostly to his old self, eventually she was able to celebrate more often in her journal. She continues to share approach and techniques to journaling to people seeking to express their feelings and seek resolution to their personal life situations, stress, PTSD, and more.

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News Release: New Workbook focuses on developing Right Hemisphere for those with Brain Injury

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It is never easy stepping outside a personal comfort zone. Yet, it’s an ongoing process for many who are survivors of a brain injury. Daily, the person needs to look at current capabilities, skills, and capacities and find a way to deal with the limitations and changes that have resulted from the trauma. Reconciling these changes is uncomfortable, at times agonizing, and demanding a significant level of concentration, dedication, and motivation.

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TBI Recovery Workbook Using Mandalas and Journaling

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The primary focus is to promote the balancing of both hemispheres of the brain through writing (Journaling) and coloring (Meditating). I deeply desire each survivor discover a means of self-expression through a non-threatening venue while creating and nurturing an experience that promotes quiet, healing reflection.

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Use Your Words to Heal Within – Journaling is Free and Powerful by Janelle Breese Biagioni

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Don’t fret – journaling does not have to be an onerous task. Keeping a journal is much like keeping a little diary filled with tidbits of information that happens day to day. But you can take journaling to another level by infusing your entries with thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This is where the power of writing can help a person heal their broken heart or to record the history of their life, or to visualize their greatest dreams and desires.

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Healing Power of Journaling by Barbara Stahura, CJF

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Journaling is a method that both survivors of TBI and caregivers can use to cope with the aftermath of brain trauma. Life after brain injury—to yourself or a loved one—can feel as if you’ve been hijacked to an alien planet where nothing feels familiar or makes sense. How can you possibly make meaning or find healing there? Barbara Stahura explains that journaling is one way to express your emotions, explore your options, and examine your life. Simple writing from both your heart and head for just a few minutes several times a week can help you heal and build resilience.

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Healing Power of the Mind for Veteran by Barbara Stahura

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Meditation helped Bill Roper, a veteran of Vietnam, deal with a serious brain injury and PTSD. Using the power of his mind, he learned how to turn a catastrophic injury and experience into a journey of healing and self discovery. His perspective and experience may be helpful to veterans now returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The wars are different from Vietnam but the effects on wounded warriors have much in common. Today, Roper believes that his “catastrophic experience had allowed me to discover this awesome power within me.” He stresses that this same power is available to everyone. “It’s really the power of all creation.”

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