Relaxation & Mindfulness After Brain Injury

Relaxation & Mindfulness After Brain Injury

Brenda Lovette, MS and Jen Llado, MS, CCC-SLP

Focusing on the positive, or losing focus on the negative – either way, you can get results! Many people with a brain injury or any disability can relate to one thing in particular – staying positive can be hard work, and progress doesn’t always come as fast as you’d like. This Tip Card offers helpful advice for relaxation techniques, how to use meditation exercises, and includes answers to frequently asked questions. Useful for survivors, families, and caregivers.

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Your “state of being” isn’t always physical, it’s also partly neurological and mental. The Relaxation Response affects the body in great ways, such as a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increasing certain brain signals. Regular activation of the Relaxation Response can prevent (and even reverse) the damage caused by frequent nervous reactions in the body. This Tip Card is a quick read, but a great resource that you’ll have at your fingertips for ongoing reference. Just relax! Information includes understanding the stress response and its symptoms, short-term vs. chronic issues, the sympathetic nervous system, and the parasympathetic nervous system. Tips are given to practice the Relaxation Response with basic meditation exercise instructions, gratitude meditation, and more.

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Item RELX
Pages 8
Year 2015

Authors

Brenda Lovette, MS

Brenda delivers holistic patient-centered speech pathology treatment in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including her private practice: Healthy Expression. She also coaches clinicians to broaden their practice to include complementary and alternative evidenced based approaches and to maximize their own health and wellness. She holds an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a certified holistic health coach, Reiki practitioner, and registered yoga instructor.

Jennifer Papa Llado, MS, CCC-SLP

A speech-language pathologist with an additional Master's Degree in Healthcare Leadership, Ms Papa Llado is an Area Rehabilitation Director in Boston.She established Bright Side Therapy, LLC in 2012. The company was inspired by years of experience working with the adult brain injury population in various settings. She has designed and developed a range of products for speech and language pathologists that address a variety of cognitive and communication challenges in adults with stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Contents

The Stress Response

Stress Response and Brain Injury

The Relaxation Response

How to Practice the Relaxation Response

Mindfulness

Basic Meditation Exercise

Gratitude Meditation

Frequently Asked Questions

References

Excerpts

Yes! You can train your brain to react differently to stress. With practice, you can turn on a relaxation response at any time. When the Relaxation Response kicks in, breathing becomes slower and more regular, heart rate slows, blood pressure drops, and certain brain signals increase. Regular activation of the Relaxation Response can prevent and even reverse the damage caused by frequent nervous reactions in the body.

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