“My name is Daniel Carcillo, and since 2015 I have been on a mission to recover my brain health, understand my mental health issues and regain my quality of life.”
“I have been on a 4 year journey to understand my mental health complications which took hold over my life after a 12 year professional hockey career. I received thousands of concussive and subconcussive blows to the head, which led to my retirement from hockey at the age of 30 due to Post Concussive Syndrome. My symptoms included light sensitivity, slurred speech, memory, concentration and impulse control issues, headaches, head pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and depression that grew into suicidal ideation and scared me into turning to orignial (alternative) medicines. I spent 3 and a half years in concussion clinics across North America, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and was seeing little to no results. After turning inward and checking my hormones, introducing plant medicines that flush out inflammation and promote neurogenesis, as well as shifting the way I viewed my injury through mindfulness practices, I was able to finally see major improvements in my quality of life and brain health.”
3 Tips From Daniel
How you can begin improving your mental health.
You can not pour from an empty cup! Fill your cup up first in order to have your strength spill over into your family life, your relationships with friends and coworkers and into your career. Once I began to love myself and actively changed my self narrative from negative to positive reinforcement, I began to see gains in my overall health and well being.
The brain can not distinguish between an event that is actively happenning to you, or one that you are thinking about. This drives home the point that the way we think, the way we view this world, effects the chemicals made in our brain and can have postive or negative effects on our quality of life.
Honesty, Integrity & Generosity
These are the three pilars that I live my life by. Being radically honest breeds no guilt and helps to keep me in the present moment. My belief is that by following my moral compass I will never be led astray and will always be operating from a place of love and compassion. Thinking of how to help others on a daily basis helps to keep me out of my own head and ensures that I can spread the joy that I have found by freely giving this knowledge away.