Why mindfulness is essential to recovery:
Given the normal, fast paced, multi-tasking life that is common in society today, most individuals tend to live in their sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system) in driving their lives requiring an enormous amount of energy to keep going.
A concussive injury is a traumatic insult to the individual’s physical, emotional and mental systems triggering an exacerbated stress response and depletion of available energy resources. The injury disrupts normal brain function as it redirects energy to be available for brain healing. Thus, mindfulness forces the individual to stop the merry go round, pause frequently to reclaim energy more frequently and be mindful of self-care and stress management. This is a fundamental concept to embrace for all those who experience a concussive injury.
Mindful rest / breathing reduces the sympathetic nervous system’s response to enhance energy available for recovery.