I Got This Idea From An Instagram Post
This post is based on a calendar that I saw posted on Instagram. It was posted by Action for Happiness. All of the things on their calendar are simple but actual actions that you can take throughout the month to ensure that you continue to be happy. It reminds us that we do have control of our own happiness.
TBI Is Tough But You Are Tougher
This calendar reminds us that we can take control, just by doing little things. Not just that we can take control, but that we should! We owe it to ourselves.
I thought that I would come up with daily actions you can take, first specifically for TBI patients. Tomorrow, I will do a list for horse people.
Actions For Happiness As A TBI Patient
- Make a list of three things that you have improved in through your rehabilitation.
- Make a list of all the people in your life who have helped and supported you through this journey. Send them all a card, telling them how much appreciate them and what a difference they have made for you.
- Research a new hobby. You may not be able to do all the things you used to. Write a list of three hobbies that you would like to try and research them.
- Chose one of the hobbies you found on the list and spend an hour a day either doing it or learning more about it.
- If you don’t have one already, start a journal to track your progress. It is beneficial and satisfying, to be able to look back and review your progress. Also, it is helpful with your doctors, because you are tracking your symptoms daily.
- Call a friend and make plans to go somewhere and do something. Out to dinner, or shopping. Whatever you are able to do comfortably. Plan some time with your friend out of the house and go! Even if the day comes and you don’t want to, do it! Get out in the world and enjoy yourself.
- Decide that when people ask how you are doing, you will give them a positive response. Something like “I’m staying positive and making progress slowly but surely”. It will do you good, instead of repeating a “woe is me” answer, every time someone asks you. People ask a lot and you can help reframe to the positive by answering in a positive way.
- Do something to brightens someone’s day. Even if it is hard for you, the fact that you pushed yourself to do it will mean a lot to the person. It will make you feel happier too!
- Go outside. If it is hot, sit in the shade and read a book. Sit on the porch and eat lunch with a friend. Just get outdoors and breathe fresh air!
- Plant a flower ( or a few ) in pots. Put them outside your house. On the porch or backyard, somewhere that you can easily get to. Taking care of your plants will give you a reason to get out and into the fresh air every day. Watching them thrive, will help you feel accomplished.
- Make a book of things that make you happy. Use magazines and cut out pictures. You can use personal photos, stickers, whatever you’d like. Get creative with it. Look at this book every day. Look at it whenever you need a boost of happiness.
- Make a list of things you are grateful for. Find a cool journal or decorate a notebook. Every day make sure that you list at least one thing that you are grateful for. It can be something as small as the sun was shining that day or as big as what someone has done for you.
- Have a movie day. Watch movies that you loved when you were a kid. Nothing serious, or scary. Disney movies or cartoons, or whatever will make you laugh or smile.
- Pamper yourself. Get your nails done, buy a new outfit, take a long nap. This is a reminder that it is okay to prioritize self-care!
- Make a list of things that you can’t control and consciously decide to let them go. You aren’t going to worry about them anymore! Today make sure you eat something healthy. Promise yourself you will eat at least one healthy thing every day. As small as an apple for a snack, or as big as a healthy meal.
- Every time that negative thought comes into your mind, decide you are going to look on the bright side. You can train yourself to be a glass half full kind of person.
- Think about your favorite childhood memories. Write them down and tuck them away in a safe place. Pull it out and read it whenever you need to smile and be happy. You can add to this list as often as you remember things.
- Every day write down something positive for that day. Put them in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, read everything you wrote and feel gratitude for all the positive things you have had in the last year.
- Encourage someone else a friend or family member, that is sad or negative. Help them to reframe and look on the bright side. Helping someone else feel positive will help you to feel good as well.
- Every time you start to think of something that causes you to worry or have anxiety, consciously make yourself let it go and think of positives instead. If thinking about it isn’t enough. Write down the things that make you anxious. Then rip that page up and write down a list of positives.
- Exercise. Even if you have physical limitations, there are simple exercises that you can do. Even if you really don’t feel like it, you will be glad you did afterwardLaugh at yourself, don’t take life too seriously.
- Remember, those plants you planted to help you get outside each day. Give them away to family or friends as gifts. Just a random gift on a random day. I promise you that this will brighten their day and yours as well.
- Start over again with new plants or flowers. That way you are still getting outdoors. Not to mention brightening someone’s day when you give them away as gifts.
- Make a list of all the improvements that you have made since your injury. It should be a continuous list that you are always adding to.
- Compliment someone. Something as simple as their hair looks good or they seem really happy today. It will make them smile.
- Notice how happiness spreads. If you compliment someone they will be happier and hopefully compliment someone else. Help spread positivity not just for yourself but for everyone in your life.
- Write down all the life lessons that you have learned from dealing with your TBI. Then write about how it doesn’t define you, write about who you are besides a TBI patient. Keep this paper and read it daily to remind yourself that you are going through TBI rehabilitation, but it does not define you.
- Look back over the month of June and all the things you have done for yourself and others. Notice how you are helping yourself and others to have a positive outlook. Try and make an action calendar for July. A simple thing a day to help you see the world through rose-colored glasses and keep your glass always half full.
These are easy ways to help yourself to feel better and happiness is contagious. A strong person like you going through a TBI, yet still be happy and positive will inspire others to do the same.
This List Could Be For Anyone
This list could be for anyone, not just TBI patients. I just know that when you are a TBI patient it is easy to fall into a negative, black cloud of space. Sometimes we need extra help getting out of it.
Hopefully whoever reads this will consider the easy things they can do to make their life more positive. As well as passing it on to others!