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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

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.

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