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Sand, Sun, and Self-Care: A Summer Guide for TBI Survivors

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As we move into summer, it's important to consider the unique needs of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when it comes to self-care. The heat and other environmental factors can have a significant impact on those recovering from TBI, so it's crucial to be mindful of these considerations when planning self-care activities.


One key aspect of self-care for TBI during the summer is staying hydrated and implementing cooling strategies. Dehydration can worsen symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, so it's essential to ensure adequate fluid intake throughout the day. Carrying a water bottle and setting reminders to drink regularly can help with this. Additionally, using cooling towels, fans, or seeking out shaded areas can help individuals with TBI avoid overheating, as they may be more sensitive to temperature changes. Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing and a hat to protect from direct sunlight can also be beneficial.

Experience Nature

In terms of outdoor activities, it's important to engage in gentle exercise and spend time in nature while being mindful of the heat. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga in cooler parts of the day can help individuals with TBI stay active without being exposed to peak heat. Additionally, spending time in nature can be calming and therapeutic, so activities like gentle hiking in shaded areas or picnicking in parks can be enjoyable while minimizing exposure to intense sunlight. 

Beach Time

Grounding techniques, such as spending time on the beach or in the sand, can be immensely therapeutic. The sensory experience of walking barefoot on the sand, feeling the texture beneath your feet, and listening to the soothing sounds of waves crashing can help individuals reconnect with the present moment and alleviate stress. Whether alone or with others, the beach offers a serene environment conducive to relaxation and mindfulness. The rhythmic ebb and flow of the tide can promote a sense of calm and stability, making it an ideal setting for therapeutic activities like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature. This natural setting encourages a sense of grounding and can be a rejuvenating experience for both body and mind.


Cognitive and emotional support are also crucial components of self-care for TBI during the summer. Practicing mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, or meditation can help manage stress and improve focus, which can be particularly beneficial for those recovering from TBI. Additionally, maintaining connections with supportive friends and family members can provide emotional support and reduce feelings of isolation, which are important for overall well-being during recovery.

These ideas are aimed at promoting physical and mental well-being while considering the specific needs and challenges associated with TBI during the summer months. By being mindful of hydration and cooling strategies, engaging in mindful outdoor activities, and prioritizing cognitive and emotional support, individuals with TBI can practice effective self-care during the summer.

As we celebrate July 4th and our freedom here in our great country, I want to humbly salute our veterans. I'm so honored to share that my sweet, whole-hearted, genuine neighbor, who's a hundred years young, served in the Navy—an absolute hero! Let's not forget our friends who could use a helping hand. Our community, especially those with TBI, are close to our hearts. For more information, visit my Shop where you can find the book Sunrise: Life After a Traumatic Brain Injury and The TBI Journal. These resources offer invaluable support and guidance on the path to healing from TBI.

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