When I was sixteen years old I was in a really bad car accident. This resulted in a brain injury that I struggled with. A lot. Imagine you’re sixteen and you can no longer do all the things that you used to enjoy doing. Being in too loud of an area gave me piercing migraines that left me in tears, reading a book for longer than fifteen minutes made me fall asleep, and I couldn’t remember things the way that I used to. I was sad and I didn’t think I’d ever get better and I didn’t even know where to start.
Luckily, one of my many sisters is kind of a hippie and all about happy thoughts and mindfulness. She sent me this article called, “Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain,”.
It was all about how being present and practicing non-judgmental thoughts can change your brain waves. After eight weeks, of participants completing a mindfulness study, there was an increase in the density of the gray matter in their brain! Grey matter is linked to controlling memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. This is all information that needs to be processed by the brain! A lack of grey matter can be linked to schizophrenia and adolescents experiencing a first outbreak of psychosis have lower levels of gray matter.
Mindfulness should be considered a must have in order to keep our brains healthy, help us making better choices, promote self regulation, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress!
So sit back, take a deep breath, and try to commit to being more mindful. Become more aware of how you feel, how your body feels. Connect all these together and just remember to think about it.
I know that trying to be more aware of what my brain was going through, how it was reacting to certain situations, and remembering that I need to take care of it helped me a lot in the long run.