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How Building Positive Relationships Aid Brain Injury Recovery? by Charles Watson


Posted on March 3, 2020

It is true that the world encourages a survivor of a traumatic brain injury to socialize and get comfortable with people around them. Many people believe that socializing will help sufferers forget about their experience for a little while. These bits and pieces of good times can help them recover. They are right to some extent, but being a TBI survivor yourself, you know how the constant pressure can get frustrating.

No one in the world can understand the situation you are going through, as living with a brain injury is not easy. It is only you who knows about the challenges and battles you have to fight to get back to life. When it comes to a person with a brain injury, socializing is easier said than done. Speech changes, impulsive behavior, difficulty in comprehending situations, and inability to make judgments are a few issues that take away a TBI survivor’s ability to socialize. However, there is one thing that can your recovery process and helps you gain a stable ground in life – positive relationships.   

Building positive relationships and surrounding oneself with people who care can prove highly significant in the recovery process. An important thing for you to remember is that excess of anything will negatively impact your brain, thus the recovery process. Therefore, it is best to keep your circle small and surround yourself with only positive relationships 

Talking to Genuine People Reduces the Struggle

The post-injury phase is challenging. You have to undergo treatments, regular doctor visits, and sessions with psychologists, and much more. Things can get overwhelming, and in such a situation, discussing your condition and sharing your feelings with genuine people can reduce the struggle. Bottling everything inside can lead to frustration, aggression, and can put excessive stress on your brain. It is the worst situation for you as a TBI survivor. Exerting too much pressure on the brain can slow down the recovery process. By talking to people who ‘listen,’ you can reduce the burden on your brain. 

Addressing Loneliness and Isolation

Shutting everyone out entirely and closing the doors for relationships is a common practice among TBI survivors. However, it is something that will push you deeper into a depressive state of mind. Loneliness and isolation can develop deep roots in your mind. Once these emotions and feelings enter the brain, it can make you feel lonely and isolated even when friends and family members surround you. Having a small social circle helps you share your feelings. Moreover, no one attaches their expectations with you and allow you to recover at your own pace and in your ways. 

Encouragement to Do Better

When you build a small circle of positive people, it can encourage you to do better in life. Surrounding yourself with the right people will never make you give up on your life. Close friends and family members will not pressurize you, which will encourage you to perform better for the happiness of the people who care. 

Surviving through a challenging situation, such as a brain injury, can strip one of their chance of happiness and satisfaction. It is the positive relationships in life that can help a TBI victim recover in and get back to their life in a shorter time.