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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.



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.)

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.

Survivor – Holiday Season – Will You Have Immunity or Be Voted Off?

Published on Dec 12, 2019 at 12:40 am in Brain Injury.

‘Tis the season. For some this is a wonderful time of the year. Friends, family, get togethers, bright lights that twinkle, snow falling, shopping centres packed with people talking and laughing, bells ringing, and baked treats. What is not to love about this time of year? This is Survivor Victory.

Take a moment and imagine getting through a day with a migraine, stomach flu, body aches, and a broken leg or arm – with a smile on your face. To some people the holidays are just that. Bright twinkling lights amplify persistent headaches, snow falling creates problems with mobility and increases the risks of slip and falls. The cold weather creates added discomfort and extra warmth is needed as aches and pains react to temperature changes. Malls crowded with people create sensory issues from noise, crowded space, everyday lights of the shops, and now add Christmas lights, and ringing bells – Oh the bells! Echoing the ringing already in their ears. Now we are going to a party? STOP! This is Survivor Defeat.

Caregiver Support – Put Your Oxygen Masks On

Published on Dec 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm in Brain Injury.

If you have ever been on a plane, you have undoubtedly heard the safety drill before you take off on a trip. One part of this demonstration always stands out to me – the bit about the oxygen masks. What do they tell you to do? Put your mask on first and then help others. Why? Because if you pass out you can not help others around you. If you think about their instructions it makes sense. That safety procedure applies to you, the primary caregivers of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury victims. The people you care for need you, and let’s be honest– some days it can be exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, how do you keep yourself from crashing, caregiver burnout and frustration outbursts? You must learn to take a moment for you and hiding under covers or in the shower doesn’t count. I will warn you; self-care is not as easy as it sounds.

How Much Do Doctors Typically Educate the Loved ones of a TBI Patient?

Published on Nov 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm in Brain Injury.

Three doctors examining X-ray

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) not only affects the patient, but it can have a devastating impact on the patient’s family members. Every injury is unique, which means every victim suffers from different symptoms. The recovery process varies significantly, as factors like the type of injury, severity, patient’s age, and even economic status can impact a person’s ability to return to their pre-injury status.

While the TBI survivor will have their recovery to focus on, loved ones may feel at a loss as to what the future looks like or what to do. Unfortunately, doctors rarely provide the education loved ones need to fully understand what their loved one is going through and what they can do to help. Because of that, we’re here to provide you with some information so you feel more in control of what’s happening in your life.

Does the Player Always Assume the Risk in a Sports Injury?

Published on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm in Brain Injury.

Runners at start of track race

If you’ve been injured while playing a sport, you may be wondering if there’s a legal course of action you can take to recover from your injuries. In some cases, the player assumed the risk in a sports injury, but this is not always the case. Determining liability depends on the specific facts of a case. Signing a waiver doesn’t necessarily mean you’re completely accountable for what happened to you. In order to understand your rights, let’s start by taking a look at the most common sports injuries.

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