1. Physiological status
e.g., the state of the nervous system and genetic susceptibility
2. Environmental & lifestyle factors
e.g., stress, certain foods, alcohol, hormonal fluctuations, etc.
3. Psychological (cognitive & behavioural) factors
i.e., the ability to cope with these factors, both cognitively and behaviourally
4. Social factors
i.e., the consequences of having a post-concussion syndrome.
e.g., if a post-traumatic headache causes a day off from work, and the patient really wants that promotion because they need the extra money because they are having financial problems and it’s causing relationship problems, headache will seem a lot more painful.
Still unsure of the effect of social factors on our health?
1. Identifying one’s values and aspirations.
2. Identifying goals and strategizing on how to accomplish them.
S.M.A.R.T. goals, decision-making style, etc.
3. Identifying where you need help (e.g., a crutch) and strategies to make the job easier.
e.g., cognitive compensatory strategies
4. Retraining skills required to be the version of yourself you would like to be.
e.g., cognitive training, organizational and executive functioning
5. Retraining physiological rhythms/habits.
e.g., retraining your sleep, exercise habits, etc.
6. Coping with Trials & Tribulations
e.g., Journaling & Expressive writing, Vision boards, Strategies to check worrying
7. Learning and enjoying the skill of relaxation and mindfulness.
Relaxation is a skill!
It requires nurturing and growing; it is not our default setting.
It facilitates neurological recovery
It facilitates super-performance
There are many techniques: e.g., mindfulness, therapeutic activities
8. Enhancing perspectives and control of what you pay attention to…
Which is your true experience of life!!
e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Psychotherapy including group psychotherapy, mindfulness, Flexible Optimism (Positive Psychology)
The brain gets molded and changed by the way we use it: “What fires together, wires together!”
9. Regaining balance in life and your “presence”
Learning to have fun again
Committing to doing things you enjoy
Learning skills of stress-free productivity
10. Learning to control your autonomic nervous system & physiology
11. Retraining/Strengthening your body, balance/power and visual system
e.g., neuromuscular control, vestibular therapy, neuro-vision rehabilitation
12. Improving physical symptoms
Headache, Low energy, depression, visual strain, screen tolerance & computer vision syndrome, etc.