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Mental rehab post-brain injury: How to be resilient and adapt

This past week I was honoured to be asked to speak at the Brain Injury Association Waterloo Wellington Support Group.  In this talk, followed by a question & answer period, I discuss my experience post-brain injury, challenges, deficits, loses, and how I now risk manage my life for happiness. If you are a brain injury …

Navigating a Rare Brain Injury as a Youth (and why mental health should be prioritised)

If you are a youth living with a rare diagnosis or if you are a parent of one of those youths, this interview is for you.   In this interview, I sat down with Krista Naugler, Child Life Specialist and Upopolis Program Manager.  I discussed what it was like to grow up as a teenager with …

Don’t be afraid of the light (3 tactical steps for improving your mental health)

Here is a piece I wrote which was originally printed in Transition Magazine – a publication by Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatchewan Division.  I hope you enjoy. Don’t be Afraid of the Light Do you have any fears? Are you scared of anything so much that it makes you want to run as fast as …

I did David Goggins’ 4x4x48 – Here’s what happened…

In today’s post I am going to share my experience doing David Goggins’ 4x4x48 challenge. If you guys did this challenge, comment your thoughts below and share something you liked and the most challenging part about it. For anyone who isn’t familiar with David Goggins, he is a former over-weight and lazy guy turned Navy …

Interview with Motus Nova

This week’s post is going to be a little different – I decided to share an interview I did with Motus Nova LLC so you can learn more about my personal story. You can watch the interview on YouTube by clicking here, and click the play button on the video below. Time Stamps: 2:17​ – …

3 Tips for Becoming an Influential Speaker | #RTYBtips Episode 9

Aloha and welcome back to my blog! In today’s post I am going to teach you three tips for becoming an influential public speaker. 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 …

How shame saved my life and my mental health (UNPOPULAR OPINION?)

Aloha and welcome back to my blog! In today’s post I am going to share what I think might be an unpopular opinion, and that is how shame can actually improve your mental health. The reason I have this opinion is because shame saved my mental health and my life for that matter. So if …

How to tailor your habits (without wasting your time)

Happy New Year all and welcome back to my blog, today I am going to teach you how choose which habits to instill and which to break as we enter the new year. The reason I am writing this post is because I am all about helping you figure out how to optimise your habits, …

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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 …