Kevin's Tips

LoveYourBrain Tip From Kevin: Sleep





Is there anything better than a good night’s rest? In the early stages of my healing, getting enough sleep was key to helping me feel better. Whenever I don’t get enough sleep, my brain and body feel like they have to work a lot harder to just keep up with everything going on around me.

Not only is sleep a necessary function for humans, but it also plays a key role in memory consolidation and learning. During the day a lot of memories are being created, however, we need sleep in order for these memories to transfer from the hippocampus to more permanent places. For example, if you learn a new word, it is held in your hippocampus (memory center) and then eventually makes its way to your language centers for permanent storage.

I feel that the reason why I like meditation so much is because it gives my brain the same break that sleep does. It’s a bit like a reset button that allows me to pause and reflect on my day while getting prepared to tackle the next days tasks and events.

In order to keep your brain functioning at its optimal capacity, make sure you’re getting enough z’s every night.

LoveYourBrain Tip from Kevin: Listen to your feelings




It’s important to be present with all of the emotions that often arise after a TBI - and honor them.  Depression and anxiety are very common after a TBI and can be difficult to manage.  Anger can also surface as a prevalent emotion.  These and other emotions are often heightened after a TBI, so it’s critical to realize that this is a normal consequence and can be improved.

Changes in memory and physical symptoms are often discussed much more often than emotional changes, but the latter can be quite debilitating.  You may cry easily, when you never used to shed a tear.  Or perhaps you get angry in response to triggers that never affected you before.

After a TBI, when you’re adjusting to your altered brain and starting the healing process, it’s important to honor any feelings that arise.  Once you’ve recognized those emotions you can begin to process them and learn how to deal with them in a healthy and productive way.  

LoveYourBrain Tips From Kevin: Surround Yourself With Supportive People!

LoveYourBrain Tips From Kevin: Surround Yourself With Supportive People!

"Rediscovering yourself and finding resiliency after a TBI is an arduous process, but you can have the power to get through it if you surround yourself with strong, thoughtful, optimistic, and loving family and friends."

LoveYourBrain Tips From Kevin: Share Your Story!




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.

One of the important aspects of healing is being able to accept your injury. It’s not easy to come to terms with what has happened, but sometimes sharing your story can be a big step toward true acceptance. Here are a some other reasons why sharing your story can be so essential:

  • Regaining your ability to communicate and your confidence in engaging with other people can take a long time after injury, but as is the case with everything, it’s important to practice. Writing or speaking your story can help you re-establish your communication skills and make you more comfortable in social settings.
  • By sharing your experience with others, including people who do not know anything about TBI, you can add a voice to this “invisible injury” and help spread awareness.
  • It’s easy to feel alone and isolated as you navigate the roller coaster of recovery. Sharing your story will not only help you feel more connected to others, but can also help others who are dealing with TBI. Your words may empower them to tell their own story.