4th of July: Managing Sensory Overload and PTSD

While many Fourth of July public celebrations, fireworks shows, and festivals have were cancelled due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, many of these activities have returned for the 2022 holiday, along with individuals, groups, communities and neighborhoods conducting their own fireworks.  For many with traumatic brain injury (TBI), cognitive conditions, and neurodiversity, fireworks can trigger (more…)

Holiday Noise: Managing PTSD and Sensory Issues

While many Fourth of July public celebrations, fireworks shows, and festivals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, it doesn’t mean that individuals, groups, communities and neighborhoods will cease doing their own personal fireworks.  In fact, it’s quite possible there may be an increase in fireworks noise, in some areas, due to the (more…)

To Your Wellness: BESTie Shares Personal Tips on Managing Anxiety

The real-life superheroes of the BEST community have the most amazing superpower: sharing their wellness practices with each other.  Jennifer McCarthy is one of those superheroes.  Jennifer, a language instructor, artist and musician, moved from the East Coast with her husband in the year 2000 to Moses Lake and became a mom to two children. (more…)

Tips for Coping with Holiday Fireworks

Fireworks are deeply rooted in the celebration of the July Fourth holiday in the United States. For many people with traumatic brain injury (especially if it is coupled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD, epilepsy/seizures or sensory issues), fireworks are challenging to cope with. Here are some of our favorite tips and strategies for coping with fireworks during the upcoming holiday: Here’s a good (more…)

Brain Injury and Coping with the July 4th Holiday

Fireworks are deeply rooted in the celebration of the July Fourth holiday in the United States. For many people with traumatic brain injury (especially if it is coupled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD, epilepsy/seizures or sensory issues), fireworks are challenging to cope with. Here are some of our favorite tips and strategies for coping with fireworks during the upcoming holiday: Here’s (more…)

BEST Tips: Coping with Fireworks

Fireworks are deeply rooted in the celebration of the July Fourth holiday in the United States. For many people with traumatic brain injury (especially if it is coupled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD, epilepsy/seizures or sensory issues), fireworks are challenging to cope with. Here are four of our favorite tips and strategies for coping with fireworks (more…)