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Shining After Brain Injury

Shining After Brain Injury, is a podcast spoken from the heart, about how we have coped individually and as a family, when Mark suddenly sustained a traumatic brain injury during a freak accident on holiday.


Our lives were changed forever but for many years we were told that things would go back to ‘normal’. We didn’t receive the support, resources, or tools to help us understand what could happen and how to live with an acquired brain injury. So, we are here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you!


Whether you're on the go, doing some housework or just chilling on the sofa, our short and sweet podcast episodes will provide you with our thoughts, tips, and advice around living with a brain injury.


We’re here to share our honest experiences and hopefully help you positively change the way you think with our expertise in behavioural psychology and mindfulness.

All Episodes

A new episode will be released every 2 weeks and each episode will focus on a different subject around issues such as, brain injury side effects, mental wellbeing, and coping strategies. To make sure you don’t miss an episode, remember to subscribe to our channel on your favourite platform!

  • Meet The Brains Behind Brain or Shine ~ Mark and Jules

    We are Mark and Jules and we are here to help people navigate life following a brain injury. In 2012, Mark suffered a brain injury in a freak fall whilst on holiday and although he recovered physically, nothing prepared us for the mental side effects this injury would cause.

  • Memory Loss, Slurred Speech & Fatigue: Common Side Effects of Brain Injury

    In this episode, we’ll discuss three common side effects of acquired brain injuries: memory loss, slurred speech, and fatigue. Here we’ll explain what these side effects are and how to recognise when you are experiencing them.

  • Low Mood, Anxiety and Frustration/Anger: Common Side Effects of Brain Injury

    Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can have a profound impact on mental health and emotional well-being. People who have experienced TBIs often face various psychological challenges, including low mood, anxiety, and frustration/anger.

  • OCD, Noise Sensitivity and Avoidance/Isolation: Common Side Effects of Brain Injuries

    People living with a brain injury experience various cognitive, emotional, and sensory challenges. In this episode, we are discussing OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), noise sensitivity and avoidance/isolation.

  • Attention Difficulties, Mobility and Grief

    Do you struggle to concentrate during conversations after suffering a traumatic brain injury? Are you tripping over more often? Do you wallow and long for the life you used to have? In this episode, we explain how to navigate grief and manage other common side effects.

  • Tired Vs Fatigue

    Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of a brain injury and something that affects our lives on a daily basis. It can be from a minor spate of yawning in the middle of a conversation to a full-blown wipeout of all human functions, and, worst of all, it can hit at any point. Find out how we learnt to understand fatigue.

  • Recognising Fatigue & the Triggers

    In this episode, we'll be discussing common triggers for fatigue that Mark experienced and are common within the brain injury community. It can be different for everyone, but understanding what your triggers are can help you manage them on a day-to-day basis.

  • Tools for Managing Fatigue (Pt.1)

    Managing fatigue is not an optional activity, but a necessary strategy to live a happier, healthier life. It doesn't just impact the BI survivor, it can affect the lives of their family and friends, too. In this episode, we've shared some techniques we use to help make things a little bit easier.

  • Tools for Managing Fatigue (Pt.2)

    Just as every challenge we face has a solution, managing fatigue has its own as well. In this episode, we talk about different strategies to help you conserve energy and the importance of resting on a good day. Make sure you listen back to find out what the fatigue battery is.

  • Self-care Secrets (To Practice Everyday)

    Self-care is about looking after yourself both physically and mentally. It's essential to make time for yourslef every day. In this episode, we explore the self-care secrets that focus on sleep patterns, eating a balanced diet, getting some exercise and practicing mindfulness.

  • Positive Personal Development Following Brain Injury

    After a brain injury, you are probably having to make adjustments and learn new coping skills in your daily life. We share how to take small positive steps every day and how personal development can play a big part in brain injury recovery.

  • Living Well with a Brain Injury

    Is your brain injury stopping you from living your life? In the start, when we didn't have any knowledge or support on the hidden disabilities of a brain injury, it changed everything for us! But it doesn't have to. By recognising your triggers, making adjustments and focusing on what you can do, you can still live your best life!

  • Setting Goals Around Brain Injury

    Setting goals and celebrating your wins is key to living life on your terms. Goals don't have to be huge but will help you feel good about yourself and keep positive. Join us as we share some of our expertise on goal setting and the importance of this following a brain injury.

  • Coping with Hidden Disabilities

    Hidden disabilities are just that. Hidden! They include fatigue, memory loss, OCD, anxiety and personality disorders. Mark is a high-functioning brain injury survivor, so his hidden disabilities are even harder to spot. They can also be difficult to accept when they get in the way of life.

  • The Right People Will Stay

    We can only go so far in educating family, friends and work colleagues about the hidden side effects that a brain injury may present. Hidden disabilities include fatigue, memory loss, OCD, anxiety and personality disorders. But as some relationships drift, the right people will stay with you.

  • Creating Growth Mindsets Following Brain Injury

    After a brain injury, life can feel like it's let you down. Becoming all too easy to be consumed by a negative mindset, damaging your recovery. This is why it is important to believe you can grow and change, becoming the person you want to be.

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