Therapeutic activity can be specific activity applied purposefully with the goal of enhancing function or reducing concussion symptoms. For example, therapeutic activity may be listening to pleasant music at progressively louder volumes to reduce noise sensitivity, or it could be playing challenging board games to work on one’s problem solving abilities. Ultimately, withdrawing from activity can be harmful, instead, engaging in activity at the right level of challenge is a terrific way to promote recovery.
Do you sometimes feel that your life is dull since having this injury? Perhaps it is time to widen your list of activities. First, make a list of your current hobbies. Why not add those activities to your weekly planning? It can help to increase your energy level.
List of Possible Activities
|Artistic Activities||Photography, Music, Writing, Painting, Drawing, Listening to music, Acting, Going to a concert, Going to the movies, Seeing a play, Making a Visualization/Aspirations Board|
|Intellectual Activities||Reading the paper, Reading textbooks, Reading novels, Classes, Meetings, Computer, Scrabble, Crossword puzzles, Chess, Puzzles|
|Manual Activities||Gardening, Sewing, Landscaping, Crafts, Mechanics, Woodworking, Knitting, Cooking, Interior decorating|
|Physical Activities||Walking, Cycling, Skiing, Training, Swimming, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Weight training|
|Social Activities||Card games, Monopoly, Bingo, Committees, Shopping, Dancing, Familial activities, Activities with friends or a group, Going out, Camping, Having friends for dinner, Visiting friends or family, Eating out, Romantic relations, Clubs (e.g., Toast Masters)|
|Entertainment||Watching TV, Watching a DVD, Listening to the radio, Video games|
|Other||Traveling, Religious/spiritual practices, Looking after a pet, Making/preparing Christmas gifts, Improving nutrition, Volunteerism, +/- Shopping **|
|Relaxation||Forest bathing, float tank, Music, Bathes/Spa, Meditation, Sleep, Vacation, Yoga|
|Reduction of||Alcohol, Screen time, Marijuana, Overwork, +/- Shopping **|
|**See section “Materialistic vs Experiential Therapeutic Activities”|
|***Note: some of the above activities may not be recommended and will depend on your level of recovery. You should run any activities passed your treating team before adding them to your regimen.|