Category: Selfcare Tips

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Manage Suicidal Thoughts with These Three Steps

https://youtu.be/3Otmn5poSRw The video above is a reading I did of an article previously published on my blog. The steps discussed transformed my life for the better.  Please share this video with anyone who you think these steps would help.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Three Tactical Ways I Dramatically Transformed my Mental Health in 365 Days

Aloha and welcome back to the Retrain Your Brain blog! If you’re new here, welcome, my name is Ella. If you don’t know anything about me yet, back in 2008 I survived a hemorrhagic stroke and a slew of mental health struggles following that. It took me until 2018 to start turning that rock bottom …

Are these the Six Steps to a Successful Morning Routine?

If you’re unmotivated, at rock-bottom, or struggling to reach your goals, creating a successful morning routine may be the fix you’re missing in life. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know I’m all about turning your big goals into the tiniest steps possible to start feeling productive and head into your day …

How to Create Healthy Boundaries (…and why I’m not on Tik Tok)

If you have a vague idea of what “boundaries” are but wouldn’t be able to explain the exact meaning to someone, this post is for you. The reason I want to talk about boundaries is because I was featured on a podcast a couple weeks ago called the Outstanding Woman Leaders Podcast, and during the …

Break these 3 Habits to Optimize Physical Distancing

It’s June 1st 2020 and if you live on planet Earth, you’re being affected by the current global pandemic known as COVID-19. Whether you’re in lock-down or not, governments and health organizations around the world are encouraging social distancing practices to keep the virus at bay until it can be treated. That means staying at …