I love journaling (I’ve had a severe tbi and 2 mTBis in the past 38 yrs and with some cognitive impairment) , Journaling can help improve memory function by allowing the brain injury survivor to document important events, interactions, and feelings. It can serve as a memory aid, helping them to remember important details that they might otherwise forget.
Also, Brain injury survivors often experience emotional dysregulation, which can include anxiety, depression, and mood swings. Writing down their thoughts and feelings can be a cathartic way to release pent-up emotions and process difficult experiences, leading to a sense of emotional regulation and control.
Journaling can be a useful tool for cognitive rehabilitation, helping survivors to improve their cognitive function, such as attention, memory, and executive function.
And Brain injury survivors may feel a sense of loss of control in their lives due to the injury. Journaling can help us to regain a sense of control by allowing us to document their experiences, set goals, and track their progress.
Journaling can also be a way for us brain injury survivors to reflect on our life and experiences, gaining insight and perspective on their recovery journey, and ultimately promoting a sense of self-awareness and personal growth.
Overall, journaling after a brain injury can be a powerful tool for self-expression, emotional regulation, cognitive rehabilitation, and promoting a sense of control and personal growth.