Strategies

Bedtime routines are important

Having bedtime routines is important for anyone who wants a good night’s sleep, but may be even more helpful for individuals who have difficulty falling asleep at night. The benefits of bedtime routines include allowing for time to relax, unwind, and disconnect from activities that can cause emotional or physical arousal that may disrupt sleep. … Continue reading Bedtime routines are important

Helpful hints for a better night’s sleep (part 2)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Helpful Hints - Sleep

The previous post referenced several helpful hints. Let’s explore a few additional hints related to getting a better nights sleep. Attempt to get regular and adequate exposure to natural light. Daylight exerts powerful effects on our internal biological sleep/wake systems. As a result, exposure to daylight, particularly in the early morning can promote healthy sleep … Continue reading Helpful hints for a better night’s sleep (part 2)

Helpful hints for a better night’s sleep (part 1)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Helpful Hints - Sleep

Follow these helpful hints below to improve your sleep: Avoid taking naps during the day. Though taking a nap can certainly feel very refreshing, napping during the day can also lead to you feel less tired at night and can disrupt your normal sleep and wake rhythms. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine late … Continue reading Helpful hints for a better night’s sleep (part 1)

Your personal energy stores are like a bank

This quote from the Cleveland Clinic addresses cancer-related fatigue and really gets at the essence of the PaceMyDay app. “Think of your personal energy stores as a ‘bank.’ Deposits and withdrawals have to be made over the course of the day or the week to ensure a balance between energy conservation, restoration and expenditure.”—Cleveland Clinic: … Continue reading Your personal energy stores are like a bank

Ask “what’s my purpose?” when making a decision

Making decisions can be very hard after a brain injury. Try asking yourself the question “What’s my purpose?” to help clarify your thinking when making a decision. Just asking this simple question can really help you focus on the decision you need to make, help you slow down to think about what you are doing, … Continue reading Ask “what’s my purpose?” when making a decision

Notetaking formats

In the last newsletter, we reviewed some basic notetaking strategies. These included things like capturing main ideas, paying attention to text in boldface, preparing questions in advance to facilitate notetaking at meetings or doctor appointments, etc. This time around, we’re going to focus on notetaking formats. In other words, how should your notes be laid … Continue reading Notetaking formats

Calendar title or Event field

A calendar app is one of the most beneficial programs available on smart devices. It allows the user to create a calendar appointment or event with any number of details, including: Appointment title Appointment time Appointment date Alert or reminder prior to the appointment Recurring appointments Notes related to appointment All smart devices include a … Continue reading Calendar title or Event field