Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting last night. The snacks were yummy, the "Forget Me Notes" played some awesome tunes and the speeches were inspiring. Congrats to all on an amazing year of growth and achievement!
Feedback from members indicated that although people benefit greatly from the programs held in our group room, they often found the room itself to be a huge issue. They found it difficult to feel comfortable due to poor lighting (which was giving them headaches), poor air quality and circulation, depressing colours and unfriendly décor. In addition, the tables in the room were...well, just plain ugly!!!
These can be significant issues as brain injury survivors often experience sensory defensiveness, in which sensory input causes a client to react in a negative way.
We would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to David Boersma, “The Lighting Guy,” for all the hard work he did here at the Victoria Brain Injury Society last Friday. He did a fabulous job re-wiring our electrical system and putting up our new sconce lighting system in the group room. Need some electrical work done?
Call Dave at (250) 580-4432. We highly recommend his work!
What are some small things you can do to help reduce the impact of negative experiences?
1) Take a stand for yourself - being kind to yourself, wise and realistic about the toxic effects of painful experiences.
2) When emotional pain does come, even softly, try to hold it in a large space of awareness. In a traditional metaphor, imagine stirring a big spoon of salt into a cup of water and then drinking it: yuck. But then imagine stirring that spoonful into a clean bucket of water and then drinking a cup: it's the same amount of salt -- the same amount of worry or frustration...
Jordan finished her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Victoria this summer and has a background in community work from working with federal parolees as a counselor to helping set up care and community arrangements with the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Center in Victoria. She is passionate about areas such as social justice, disability rights and advocacy and was herself born with physical disabilities and this is a big part of her reason for being passionate about peer support and the importance of it.
Jordan has lived in various places around the world, growing up in...
Is the Purpose of Sleep to Let Our Brains “Defragment,” Like a Hard Drive?
(adapted from an article in Discover Magazine)
Why do we sleep? We spend a third of our lives doing so, and all known animals with a nervous system either sleep, or show some kind of related behaviour. But scientists still don’t know what the point of it is.
There are plenty of theories. Some researchers argue that sleep has no specific function, but rather serves as evolution’s way of keeping us inactive, to save energy and keep us safely tucked away at those times of day when there’s not much point being awake. On...