Miles to stretch before I sleep

So, I have been stretching before I go to bed each night, and am I glad I have.  The pain is much less than it has been, and it’s easier for me to relax and get to sleep. It’s also easier for me to relax during the day, if I stretch periodically.

This relaxing thing is becoming increasingly critical to me. One of the ways TBI can wreak havoc with you is by making you more agitated and restless. And that  feeds — and feeds off — fatigue, which makes everything worse, including cognition.

By consciously relaxing throughout the day and tracking the times when I get knotted up, I can just kind of let go and allow my mind and body to relax a bit. Which in turn frees up more energy for me to use in productive activities. Like getting some work done.

Such a little thing — stretching — which makes such a big difference.


Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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