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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

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 CAMPGROUND – Summerland BC

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.

Why Do Spinal Injuries Rarely Fully Heal?

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 5:09 pm in Spinal Injuries.

Severe accidents can often result in severe injuries. One of the most devastating is a spinal injury. They can take a long time to recover and sometimes they don’t fully heal. Why do spinal injuries rarely heal? Let’s look at the facts about these types of injuries:

Understanding the Severity of Spinal Injuries

When someone suffers from a spinal injury, the spinal cord experiences trauma and the nerve cells are damaged. Those cells don’t regenerate, meaning that’s it’s highly unlikely someone will fully recover from a serious spinal injury.

It’s important to know that the spinal cord doesn’t need to be severed for damage to occur. The injury can still result in the loss of function.

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