Free Time To Do Things
My accident was on March 13, 2018, I still need a walker to walk and I’m pretty limited in what I can do.
As I have slowly gotten stronger and my tolerance level higher, I realized how much free time I had.
Free time is a foreign concept for me. Prior to my accident, I was always teaching riding lessons, riding my horses, taking care of my animals. Aside from watching a little t.v. or reading before bed, I didn’t have time to think about getting into any new hobbies.
Bullet journaling was my first new adventure. I love it because it helps me keep myself organized. It also helps me to track things, like my TBI symptoms.
When you look up bullet journaling online you will find page after page of gorgeous lettering and artwork. I was under the impression you had to be an artist to start a bullet journal.
I was totally missing the point of it. The point is that you are making an organizer or planner for your life that works for you. Everyone makes theirs differently. Some look like they are all business, no pictures or art. They only track appointments and things like that. Other peoples are full of colors and pictures. Mine is full of stickers, goofy drawings, and collages.
Aside from tracking the important stuff like appointments. I also track my moods, the books I have read, the letters I have written. Mine is not all business it is a lot of fun stuff too. I enjoy working on it and keeping it up to date.
My Second New Adventure
I have always wanted to try Yoga. Even not knowing much about it, it really interested me. To me, it sounded like it would be calming as well as good for flexibility and strength.
My PT exercise routine I still work on. Aside from walking around with my walker wherever I go, I wasn’t happy with the amount of physical exercise I was getting. Besides my recumbent bike and PT, I haven’t been moving and strengthening my body the way I want to.
Come to find out there is a yoga place within 5 minutes of where I live. My aunt goes there and she signed me up and drives me to the lesson.
The first time I went we didn’t practice any yoga. I met the instructor. Who actually turned out to be the mother of one of my former riding students. She wanted to understand my symptoms and limitations before we started any actual yoga. I thought that was great, it made me feel like she really cared about me being able to succeed with it. She also told me about some reading she had done on yoga for TBI patients. It really felt like she was excited to work with me.
Two Lessons So Far
I have only had two lessons so far. Loved it, both times. Leaving I was feeling more relaxed both mentally and physically. Yoga stretched and helped my whole body relax. stretching helped my whole body to relax. My body is in a defensive position since I’m afraid of falling and walking with the walker.
By doing yoga, I can work on relaxing those muscles and getting my posture back without the fear of falling.
I learned that all exercises that you do standing up you can also do in a chair conversely on the floor. This excited me a lot because it made me realize that this is something I can do to help with my TBI. While not feel like I’m so limited in what I can do.
Most things I do and places I go, I feel very self-conscious about my condition and having to walk with the walker. I don’t feel this way at all at yoga lessons. It feels like a weight has been lifted off of me. I finally found something I can do, and make progress with despite my injury. Obviously, I work hard in PT. This is different though. It is something I chose for myself and something that I can look forward to each week. Anything positive for me to focus on in my life I’m grateful for!
As usual, I use my blog not only to reach out to people and share my writing. It is also a journal of my recovery journey, and I will continue to update it as I learn new things and improve!