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Don't Live Life on Autopilot

Don't Live Life on Autopilot

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Hey guys. It's Adam. I recently got a question through the website. The individual wrote in explaining how they were high-functioning but they did have traumatic brain injury and ever since then, they've just kind of felt like they were going through life on autopilot. They had trouble experiencing joy and experiencing happiness on a regular basis. I'm here to tell you firsthand, that definitely happens. A lot of veterans with traumatic brain injury that I speak with go through life on autopilot. They're not super engaged with what they do. They may be exceptionally high-functioning, have good jobs, have their life relatively in order but inside, internally, they're not where they want to be. So one of the strategies that I use or I encourage people to use to mitigate that is to seek help. Talk to your friends, talk to your family. Talk to the VA healthcare provider and see if there is something that you can do. Whether it's just something as easy as a strategy--maybe it's taking a walk once a day or maybe it's watching a relaxing television show for 30 minutes. Something to de-stress and de-escalate the everyday monotony that goes along with it. Also, try new things. Try to explore something new. Do something you haven't done within a comfort zone, whether it's in your house or maybe close to your house. See if there's something that you can find that you do actually enjoy. And stay focused and keep trying.

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Adam knows that sometimes for veterans life after combat feels like its being lived on autopilot — with little joy. Adam shares some ideas and strategies to turn that situation around.

 
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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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