More low-cost ways to get my act together

I’ve been thinking a lot about what a wreck my life was, for so long.

To this day, I find it hard to believe how messed up I was – from just a bump on the head. Some days, I find it hard to believe that I ever had those kinds of problems.

But I did.

Crazy wild emotional swings. Violent outbursts. Meltdowns on a semi-regular basis.

Pain and light and noise sensitivity and headaches, as though the world were ending.

A terrible, terrible memory, and a nominal level of interacting with others.

Holy crap – things are so much better now.

I am so much better now.

The things that have helped me, have been very low-cost (in terms of money), but they demanded real dedication and discipline.

  • Making up lists for what I was going to do each day, and sticking to those lists.
  • Getting enough exercise by moving as much as I could, when I could – and doing it regularly, so I had a cumulative benefit.
  • Eating good food that I fixed myself. It was cheaper, and it trained me to sequence and handle things in logical orders. It also taught me to keep my cool under pressure.
  • Being honest with myself about my shortcomings.
  • Being willing to try again, each day.

I’m tired. I’m running out of steam.

That’s it for today.

Good night.

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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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