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Use this 3-step system to finally achieve your rehab goals!

How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution, only to lose steam after a few months?  You know, like when you tell yourself “I’m going to do my therapy exercises every day this year,” but then March rolls around and you’re no longer able to maintain your resolution. Well, in my 13 years …

The Mood Congruence Effect and the Benefits of Toxic Positivity…? | #RTYBTips Episode 7

Aloha and welcome back to the Retrain Your Brain series! Today I am going to teach you about the mood congruence effect and how something as simple as being sad, for example, can lead you to be more sad. Following that, I am going to share a tip to help keep your mood as positive …

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3 practical ways to reverse the holiday blues | #RTYBtips Episode 7

Aloha and welcome back to the Retrain Your Brain series! With the the holidays upon us, I thought today would be the perfect time to teach you three practical ways to reverse your holiday blues. The first two tips are exercises that you do over an extended period of time (anywhere from days to months), …

3 Simple Tips to Fall Asleep in Under 30 Minutes (WITHOUT TAKING SLEEPING PILLS) | #RTYB Episode 6

Aloha and welcome back to the Retrain Your Brain blog series! Today I am going to teach you 3 (and possibly more) ways to fall asleep within 30 minutes (without taking sleeping pills). These are things I’ve been doing for the past few years and they’ve changed the game for me. I actually used to …

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One Quick Trick to Remember Anything (without memorization) | #RTYBTips Episode 5

Aloha and welcome back to my channel. Today I am going to teach you a very cool trick, that I refer to as the mind palace. This trick will help you remember anything without memorizing. Also today is remembrance day in Canada — I want to take this moment to thank all the veterans and …

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How Schools can Teach Mental Health (without compromising the current curriculum)

Aloha and welcome back to my blog! If you’re new here, welcome, my name is Ella and I help you retrain your brain! If you don’t know anything about me yet, back in 2008 I survived a hemorrhagic stroke and a slew of mental health struggles before and after that. It took me until 2018 …

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Making Rehab Rewarding: The gamification of post-stroke recovery

Whew – what a week! You’ve been challenging yourself everyday and now you want to end your week doing something fun.  So, you fire-up your Motus Nova® Home Rehab System and start playing! “Hold on, did you just say start playing?” Yes, you heard me right – Motus Nova® has developed an interactive game-like system …

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Is telehealth revolutionizing post-stroke rehabilitation?

When someone survives a stroke, the repercussions extend beyond the need for immediate care – survivors are often left requiring countless hours of rehabilitation in order to successfully regain function.  That means both stroke survivors and caregivers are stuck with the energy-draining responsibility of scheduling appointments, arranging travel to-and-from clinics, and spending hard-earned money simply …

Do these three things to become an effective multitasker | #RTYBtips Episode 4

Aloha and welcome back to my blog. If you’re new here, welcome, my name is Ella and I help you retrain your brain! If you don’t know anything about me yet, back in 2008 I survived a hemorrhagic stroke and a slew of mental health struggles before and after that. It took me until 2018 …

3 Instantly Effective Ways to Secure Your Mental Wellbeing

Have you ever likened airport security to the security of your mind? Well, after 3 years of studying risk management and airport security in grad school, I came to recognize the two entities as nearly one in the same. Allow me to explain … Biopolitical Security – The Key to Optimal Airport Security The plain …