Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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BIAMD 2020 Annual Conference
(March 26-27)
Have Been Canceled

CLICK HERE to find out more.
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The COVID-19 crisis has isolated individuals with brain injuries, family members, and caregivers. Many services that individuals once depended on have been reduced or ceased indefinitely. During this scary time, BIAMD will continue to provide up-to-date resources for survivors and caregivers to utilize and distribute within their communities.

Below we have provided a list of resources compiled by local social service providers and social workers in conjunction with the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition. Many organizations have expanded telehealth or online service options and have expanded emergency services during COVID-19. This is a difficult time for everyone but we all need to come together (while practicing social distancing) to help our friends and neighbors.
CLICK HERE to review the list of area resources generously compiled by the   Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition

Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; stating the Act seeks to deconcentrate poverty by providing additional opportunities for tenants utilizing public subsidies to live in certain neighborhoods; prohibiting a person from refusing to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of source of income; establishing qualifications and limitations on the prohibition against discrimination in housing based on source of income; etc.

SB530 and HB 231 have passed both chambers and are being sent to Governor Hogan for his signature!!!   
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People who have greater levels of self-compassion tend to be more motivated, less lazy, and more successful over time. But just as important, they like themselves, even when they fall short. Psychologist Susan David explains how you can cultivate this quality.

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community;  browse through  all the posts here.

One of the great myths of self-compassion is that it’s about lying to yourself. Or, that it’s about being weak or being lazy. Another myth is that it’s about pushing aside your difficult thoughts and saying, “Now I’m going to tell myself five positive things.”

That’s not self-compassion. When you are self-compassionate, you’re actually doing something very specific for yourself — you’re noticing difficult thoughts, showing up for them, and creating a sense of psychological safety for yourself.

You’re creating a space in which you feel able to take risks. If you beat yourself up whenever you fail or fall short, this naturally inhibits you from trying new things and taking chances. But when you’re self-compassionate, you know that even if you fail, you’ll still like yourself. In this way, self-compassion gives you the ability to experiment and explore, and to be courageous.

CLICK HERE to read Susan's tips
The relationships between our brain and body and the world around us are complex. What you do or don’t do can significantly change how your health and wellbeing.

A healthy brain is determined by both biological and physiological factors — genes, hormones, the immune system, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices.

Social, psychological and environmental factors including relationships, stress, emotions, mindset, life events and current circumstances also contribute to your brain health.

Each element can impact others in a multi-directional and dynamic way. Example, your thoughts can influence your physical health (which is why chronic stress can lead to abnormal heart rhythms or heart attacks).

Everyone wants to live an active, vibrant life for as long as possible. And that goal depends on robust brain health. You can’t do much about your genes, but other physiological, social and environmental factors can be modified to improve your brain.

Our brains naturally decline if we do nothing to protect them. However, if we intervene early, we can slow the decline process — it’s easier to protect a healthy brain than to try to repair damage once it is extensive.

You can improve your lifestyle habits to promote a highly healthy brain — one free of physical or mental illness, disease, and pain. We have more control over our ageing brains than we realise.
These habits are just a reminder — you already know the importance of these lifestyle choices. It pays to make a conscious effort to help yourself — your brain will thank you.

CLICK HERE to build your new habits today!
CLICK HERE to check out this fantastic Brain Injury Awareness month Public Service Announcement from the Kennedy Krieger Institute!
2) What Others are Reading and Watching
During their COVID-19 Self-Isolation
It's Still Brain Injury Awareness Month

Take Some Time While Self-Isolating to
Catch Up on Some Movies involving Brain Injury

CLICK HERE for the Internet Movie Data Base's List

Some of our Favorites:



Can You add books or movies to our list?

Let us know at subject line Movies & Books.

1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Note to self…Every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did. "

― Unknown
Have you ever clicked on the pictures posted at the end of every #5ThoughtsFridays? Try it. You might learn something fun!
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