Self Healing requires attention to both mind and body
My self Healing journey…..
Physically – it really was a case of exercise, exercise, exercise – each time
building up the amount and duration, I mixed the training programme with suitable rest periods.
Golf was particularly good for my balance – but I added weightlifting and then after two years, running. I just got stronger and stronger, and my confidence improved.
Mentally – ironically it was the mental healing part of the recovery which was the more challenging – partly because it’s not so easy to spot poor brain function, and perhaps because it’s not clear exactly what you can do about it.
Re-working the brain, initially makes you more tired and irritable, only over time does the stamina seem to improve.
Over time I learned to push the intellectual brain activity further and further. Initially I started reading and then a few writing exercises, but increasingly moving to more complex and demanding tasks. I was careful to mix exercises with suitable rest – brain fatigue is simply not pleasant for the patient – or friends or family! (anger, frustration, confusion, depression).
The Mindfulness course really helped here. Meditation is really very useful for Mental Healing
In time my mental activity improved – my speech became faster and sharper and the effects of dyslexia were much reduced. Problem solving abilities improved too, as did cognitive reasoning and depth of thought. Mental stamina improved too, I was now capable of a 12 hour day with no afternoon nap.
Most interesting in my experience was the improvement in emotional responses. The options changed from having maybe seven or eight emotional states in any situation to having maybe a hundred or more options.
in other words, the full Lexicon of human experience, or A Life of Colour