Trying New Things…
When I was younger I played basketball. Considering that many years have passed and I have hardly played since, it is safe to say I am not very good. My boys have tried to teach me how to hold the ball, where my elbows go, etc. but I’m just terrible. With that being said, I am motivated in trying new things and have hired a trainer to show me how to play basketball!
Trying new things and challenging your mind and body, without overexerting yourself, are important aspects of recovering from any injury. One amazing aspect of our brains is the ability they possess to change and rewire based on new experiences. This is a concept known as neuroplasticity, which I thoroughly cover in the second edition of Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Try a new hobby, sport or exercise- whether it’s physical such as basketball or martial arts, or a little less active such as cooking, painting, or playing a musical instrument. Any of these new experiences can be therapeutic and help our brains grow and recover.