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The Power of Self Talk

Published on Mar 31, 2020 at 12:38 am in Brain Injury, Health and Wellness, Spinal Injuries.

African Canadian young woman looking at herself in the mirror. One hand is touching her mirror image of her handThe Power of Self Talk

We are the biggest cheerleaders of others. We sing the praises of our family, friends and co-workers. But why is it that sometimes we struggle to do this for ourselves? We can tell ourselves, we are excited, smart, brave, willing and capable – I can do this. Or, maybe we tell ourselves that we are not smart, strong, brave, or attractive enough, to face challenges and dreams the way others do – I can’t do this. It is this voice that tells us, who we are, what we can do, be, or become. So, who controls that voice? You do.

Negative and Positive Self Talk

Negative self talk is much easier than positive and sadly comes naturally to most of us at one point or another in our life. Our inner voice is what sets us apart from others and will lead us to a dark place or a healthy path.

Obviously, we all recognize that positive self talk is the healthy way of looking at life and how to deal with what it throws at you. But what if you get stuck in a negative cycle? How do you get out before it creates anxiety and depression?

Recognizing Negative Self Talk

While you read the next two statements try and think about your own experiences. Which one have you thought yourself?  How did that work for you?

  • I think I have an idea how we could save some time on this project, but I am not the smartest in the group. It’s probably not a good idea anyway, and I don’t want to look stupid. I just won’t say anything.
  • I have a great idea how we could save some time on this project. I am excited to share my ideas and discuss it with my colleagues.

It is easy to see which one of these statements are negative, so how do we switch the conversation in our brain? It starts with how you think about a situation. When negativity creeps in, take a breath, step back, and ask yourself these questions. These are referred to as Stop Techniques and can help switch from a negative to positive thought pattern.

  • Did I overreact?
  • Did I jump to a conclusion?
  • Am I thinking about this too much?
  • Is what I understand the truth?
  • Is this really a crisis or is it an opportunity?
  • Am I being harsh on myself?
  • Is the way I feel today influencing my thoughts?
  • Do people really think this way about me or is this my opinion of myself?
  • Listen for words such as, never, no one, always, or can’t.

Practice switching your thoughts

This is much harder than you may think.  Try this example. What if your best friend came to you and said they were feeling uncertain they could be successful at something? How would you respond? Would you agree with them and beat them down even more, or would you be encouraging and supportive? That is how you must learn to treat yourself. Positive self talk is a skill you must practice. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you are those things you want to be. The more you say it the more you will believe it.

Impact of Negative Self Talk

When people suffer a catastrophic life changing event, their world changes. Things that were simple can now be difficult and frustration can build. The people supporting them are also impacted and self talk can change those personal interactions. Negative thoughts are exhausting, not only for you, but for caregivers.  Your inner thoughts will reflect in your actions and the way you communicate. If you stay positive even in the difficult times it will make those hard moments a little bit easier. Your thoughts can create a downward spiral or an upward lift. How will you cheer yourself on and look at things in a different light?

We have heard it a hundred times, the mind is a powerful thing. How will you choose to use yours?


The team at Wishart Brain and Spine Law take a holistic approach to injury law. We take care of the legal process so that you can focus on your recovery which includes the mind and body. We want you to live a life not a claim. If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health always consult a doctor. These blogs are not intended to replace or provide professional help. If you have questions about your injury, please contact us at Wishart Brain and Spine Law. Your first consultation is always

BC Mountie Awarded more than $3 million in damages for two on-duty accidents – Vancouver Sun

Published on Mar 26, 2020 at 1:09 am in Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Firm News, Uncategorized.

Article in today’s Vancouver Sun.

Wishart Brain and Spine Law is grateful for the opportunity to represent first responder Const. Neufeldt who will now be able get the ongoing care he needs, and deserves, as well as be able to support his family in the future.



BC Supreme Court Ruling: Neufeldt v. Marcellus, ICBC

Published on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm in Firm News, Legal Information, Uncategorized.

After a hard fought bench trial in BC Canada, Wishart Brain and Spine Law (Sagert / Wishart) was able to help a brain injured RCMP officer recover enough future income to look after his family’s future. Vestibular Concussions are debilitating. You can read the full judgement on the BC Supreme Court Website (link provided)

God Bless our First Resonders!

BC Supreme Court Ruling Neufeldt v. Marcellus

Read the Article in the Vancouver Sun about the details of the accident and the outcome for Const. Jeffrey Neufeldt

B.C Mountie awarded more than $3 million in damages for two on-duty accidents.

COVID-19: The Numbers are Staggering

Published on Mar 21, 2020 at 11:30 pm in Uncategorized.
Pandemic #COVID19

The staggering numbers

COVID19: Staggering numbers with dire consequences

The COVID19 numbers are staggering. As we sit and listen to the health updates and recommendations we urge you to take them to heart. Treat the recommendations as orders before they must become orders. Keep informed.

Follow the most current updates on #COVID19 outbreak here.

If we do not choose to follow the rules:

  • your places of work will be closed longer.
  • your social lives will be even more limited.
  • we could experience a shortages of supplies if emergency service workers and those that deliver our supplies become ill.

There are four simple things we can all do right now to stop the spread of this deadly virus.

  • Stay home.
  • Keep a social distance if you must go out.
  • Wash your hands.
  • DO NOT touch your face.

Remember to :

  • Thank the clerks at the grocery store who risk their own health and safety each day.
  • Pray for the doctors, nurses, hospital janitors, hospital staff, and first responders who are exhausted and doing their absolute best.
  • Check in on friends, relatives and neighbors with a phone call, or text message.

The faster we all comply the faster this outbreak ends. Its up to you how this goes.

Remember, when you keep yourself safe you keep others safe.

Read more about what you can do during this time of crisis.

COVID-19: Knowledge, Understanding & Fear

Published on Mar 19, 2020 at 4:00 am in Health and Wellness.


COVID-19 Not today


Knowledge and understanding are the key to reducing fear

How does knowledge and understanding reduce fear when we face a crisis or the unknown?

If we know the facts about what something is, we can take precautions.

If we understand why those precautions are taken, we feel more confident.

When we have knowledge and understanding, we reduce anxiety that creates fear and panic.

Panic or apathy – finding balance

As we sit in our homes, busy lives disrupted, social world cancelled, but healthy, how many ask, is this necessary, while others wonder why we are not globally isolating. There are two extremes, panic and apathy. Neither are healthy. It is the media’s job to report on what is happening and society tends to be more interested in traumatic events creating a sense of panic and urgency. At the other end of the spectrum there are unconcerned people that believe there is nothing to worry about, it won’t happen to you. Everything in life needs balance and this pandemic is no different. Balance lays between panic and apathy, so how do we find it?

Fear comes from not knowing, uncertainty, and failure to understand what is happening and the consequences. Nothing in life is certain but we can make better decisions about how we navigate this world with proper information.  Wishart Brain and Spine Law looks at the Public Health Agency of Canada site for guidance and updates in what the medical experts know about the virus for keeping our staff and clients healthy. Keeping with our business and client practice, we choose to look at this from a place of comfort, and compassion, to help educate, understand, and reduce fear for our staff, clients and their families.

No to No Fault

Published on Mar 13, 2020 at 7:08 pm in Uncategorized.
Red car with smashed right side

Will you be covered?

No to No Fault

Confused about No Fault Insurance? Some people are all for it and others are speaking loudly about the negative impact it will have on you if your injured in an accident. Please take a moment to look at this site. Get your questions answered and get the facts.

Agur Lake Camp – BC’s only barrier free wilderness campground

Published on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:49 pm in Brain Injury, Recreation, Spinal Injuries, Uncategorized.
Agur Lake Camp BC's only barrier free campground - camp view from trail


Agur Lake Camp

BC’s Only Barrier Free Wilderness Campground


Agur Lake Camp is, BC’s only barrier free wilderness campground is located on Agur Lake 30 minutes outside Summerland BC, in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley. This campground is the only one in BC that provides anyone with mobility challenges an opportunity to experience nature and the outdoors safely with their friends, family and caregivers. Agur Lake Camp operates on grants, donations, and fundraisers alone. Thank you to everyone who gives so selflessly of themselves to make this barrier free campground such a special place for everyone.

Recognizing Depression & Anxiety

Published on Jan 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm in Brain Injury.

People that have suffered a concussion or TBI, and those that care for people with complex needs are at greater risk to suffer from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. How do you recognize someone struggling with mental health issues? Mental illness is identified as a change in thinking, mood, behaviour and is associated with distress and impaired function. It is difficult because often those in the greatest need can present as being confident, strong and in control of their life. When people are talking about their feelings, they are trying to find help, but when they go silent, you need to be aware. Mental illness or mental impairment is never to be taken lightly and professional care is always recommended. Some things you can do to help are: (A list of professional resources is provided at the end of this article.)

What You Should Know After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Published on Jan 8, 2020 at 7:43 pm in Car Accidents.

At the accident location

When an accident occurs, police are typically first on scene followed by fire and ambulance attendants. The roads are closed, and traffic is redirected from the scene. Anyone injured is immediately assisted and if necessary, taken by ambulance to the hospital. Police complete accident reports that include statements, names and photographs of the accident scene. Any injury that is significant, fatal, or if the accident requires greater investigation, a traffic analyist will be called to the scene before the vehicles are removed. Once police have completed their initial investigation, the cleanup begins, and the tow trucks are dispatched.

Preventing Bedsores in TBI Patients Being Cared for at Home

Published on Dec 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm in Brain Injury.

Close up of hospital bed

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, happen when a person is bedridden for an extended period of time because they are unable to relieve pressure on certain body parts. Depending on how much pressure is on the skin, bedsores can be anywhere from mild to deadly. What makes pressure ulcers most dangerous, though, is that if your loved one with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unconscious or unable to sense pain, the sores could go unnoticed and get worse.

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