BRAIN HEALTH | 9.28.2015 | BY KEVIN PEARCE
Once a month, we will share “Tips from Kevin” as part of our LYB Tips series. We hope these words of wisdom will help guide those of you in our community who have had a TBI, but will also be beneficial to anyone who is seeking optimal brain health.
Having a positive attitude during your recovery is more than just a nice idea or a pleasant gift for your friends and family. Positivity actually has a major impact on your brain! Negative thinking is very damaging, so why would you want to further hurt something that’s already injured?
Shawn Achor, a leading expert in positive psychology, states that you are 31% more productive when you’re positive. And that’s important for those of us recovering from a TBI, when being productive can be quite a challenge in the face of constant exhaustion and difficulty focusing.
All of this is not to say that you won’t have bad days. There will be times when you just cannot muster an ounce of positivity. That’s ok. But don’t let that attitude persist for too long. As soon as you’re able, let go of the negative thoughts and think positively.
One of the best ways to stay positive is to focus on what you’re grateful for. It may be your family, your life, or the small improvements you notice in your body or in your mind.
Remaining positive during your recovery is critical for your healing, so keep a good attitude and look forward!
Photos: Melissa Fuller, @melogram