State of the MHP Union with Mariah & Eryn

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By Eryn Martin. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Every once in a while, we like to give y’all an update on how we are doing and what we are learning from hosting the Making Headway Podcast (MHP). Listen today as we get real on everything from our mission, to our reflections on hosting, and all the positive takeaways we’ve learned along the way.

Topics covered today:

  • Making Headway Podcast Mission:
  • To share brain injury related information from multiple viewpoints without judgement
  • We want to make as many resources as possible available to survivors so you know what your options are and can choose a recovery path that makes the most sense for you.
  • To advocate for the brain injury community
  • Make our voices heard
  • To promote the open sharing of recovery journeys in the hope that it lends support to other survivors
  • Every story comes with an epic tale. Sharing stories is a source of inspiration and hope to keep moving forward.
  • Reflections from doing the podcast
  • Protecting ourselves from re-traumatization and getting stuck in our past selves
  • The fine dance between telling your story, self awareness, recognizing your needs, and moving forward
  • There’s no simple fix for brain injury recovery. You have to make the decision and put in the work to move forward.
  • Effects on parenting. Increased concussion awareness
  • Brain injury baggage- finding the positive.
  • Staying in the moment and stopping comparisons. I just am me! “You get what you get and don’t get upset.” (17:40)
  • Just be where you are. The pre-injury self is not the gold standard.
  • Books
  • Where is the Mango Princess? by Cathy Crimmins
  • Has been a really helpful book in moving forward about a person with brain injury and his caretaker
  • This is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo, MD
  • Positive things we’ve learned
  • Eating well
  • 4 colors on the plate. Frozen veggies really make this easy
  • Stir fries are easy ways to add more veggies
  • Bowl full of blueberries always available to snack on
  • You can add a lot of veggies into chili and soups
  • The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass, converts recipes to Whole 30, clean and healthy eating
  • Embracing where I’m at. Doing something positive just for me everyday.
  • Love Your Brain Yoga
  • Yoga nidra
  • Meditation apps: Calm, Insight Timer, Headspace
  • Getting back into exercise. Working out now is more about what feels good rather than having lofty goals. Working out without body shame and self-judgement. Inconsistency is ok.
  • Caution keeps you safe. Fear keeps you from doing things.
  • You can’t “fix” it all at once. Your reliance on the team and not trying to be everything. Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses; when to delegate and when to hang on.
  • Stay in the moment. Be real with who you are and let people know your strengths and weaknesses are.
  • People pleasing: have had to stop filling the needs of others without ever filling yourself up
  • Making boundaries is like putting your airplane oxygen mask on first. You can’t help someone else if you haven’t saved yourself
  • Allowing relationships to evolve, especially in families.
  • I don’t need someone else telling me that what I am doing is ok. I need to be ok with what I am doing.
  • Enjoy the journey!
  • Support us:
  • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts
  • Follow us on Instagram or Facebook: @makingheadwaypodcast
  • Follow us on Twitter: @makingheadwaypo
  • Use the links in our show notes if you’d like to buy products mentioned
  • Donate, 10% of proceeds go to a brain injury group of our choice
  • Share our podcast with a friend

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