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There's More to Life than Sitting on the Sofa: Set Goals for Yourself

There's More to Life than Sitting on the Sofa: Set Goals for Yourself

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Hey guys--It's Adam, and I wanted to talk to you today about individuals with a brain injury who have kind of gotten complacent on themselves. You know, they wake up after a month and realize they've sat on the couch all day every day for the last thirty days. Some of the ways, or some of the strategies, to become more involved in your own life really is setting goals for yourself. One thing that I find super helpful, and a lot of my friends who have suffered a traumatic brain injury find really helpful, is creating a weekly chart. So, you know let's say on Sunday your week begins, and you create a little chart for yourself. Just take a piece of notebook, and plot out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and write down one or may two things you want to do that day. Maybe it involves staying inside the house. Maybe it's cleaning out the fridge. Maybe it's something a little bit more adventurous-- taking out the dog for a walk, taking out the trash. Finally maybe it's something really aggressive. Maybe you want to go out at night one time. Maybe you want to go out during the day to a public place-- The library, come on who wants to go to the library. Maybe you want to go out somewhere else that's more exciting-- maybe TGIFridays or Chili's. You want to go have lunch, you know, maybe have a couple of beers. Something just outrageous. These are all things that you have to set goals for yourself, because you don't want to just stay at home and sit on the couch all day. That's really one of the pitfalls of a brain injury is that lack of motivation or that lack of awareness that you don't have motivation. Some of the ways that you can really improve that is just tackle one thing a day. Tackle two things a day on that list and slowly but surely-- Some days you'll go out and do things that are fun or stay in and do things that are fun. At the end really you want to have a goal for yourself, and if you meet that goal, you want to have a reward as well. So, maybe it means playing video games for three hours straight on a Saturday night. Maybe it means treating yourself to a pizza, a Domino's pizza order or a Papa John's pizza direct to your house. Do something that you'll enjoy that will be fun, that will be safe, that will be non stressful and bask in your success of hitting these goals or these milestones that you've set for yourself throughout the week. So, try it out--Let us know how it goes, and of course, post your successes on the blog--Thanks.

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One of the pitfalls of TBI can be a lack of motivation, but setting a small daily goal like cleaning the refridgerator or walking the dog can lead to bigger goals like lunch out or playing frisbee in the park with friends. Adam shares some ideas.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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