Stroke survivors endure countless challenges on their journey to recovery. Facing the trials of physical and cognitive impairment can fester into a negative outlook on life. Rehabilitation is a long, tedious process, and staying positive is sometimes easier said than done. However, having a positive mindset is an essential component of effective recovery.
Like all aspects of stroke recovery, staying positive takes hard work, practice, and patience. Some days you may feel on top of the world and in total control of your development. Other days you might feel frustrated for not being able to remember a particular word. These feelings of uncertainty are natural, but it is important to take recovery one day at a time.
Understand That Recovery Is a Process.
Just like Rome was not built in a day, brain damage cannot be healed in a day or even a month. In fact, stroke recovery can be expected to be a relatively slow process. While the most rapid recovery tends to happen in the first 3-4 months, improvement can continue for years after the stroke. Just because you don’t see results after the first few months, doesn’t mean they are not present. It takes time to notice the outcomes of recovery. Never give up hope.
Set Reasonable Expectations.
Take the time to talk with your doctor about reasonable expectations. Figure out how much recovery is possible within specific timeframes and set monthly goals. Challenge yourself to exceed these expectations without getting frustrated if you are unable to reach them.
Recognize Your Accomplishments.
Allow yourself to feel a sense of gratification for every achievement, no matter how small they may seem. Don’t allow your progress to feel insignificant just because others may not take the time to voice their recognition. For every challenge you overcome, nobody should be prouder of you than you.
See Every Day As An Opportunity.
During stroke recovery, you face a daily choice. First, you can choose to wake up and hate your situation, or you can choose to see every day as a new opportunity to overcome yesterday’s challenges. Rather than telling yourself you absolutely cannot do something, remind yourself that you simply haven’t found a way to overcome that challenge yet.
Connect With Other Survivors.
Socially isolating oneself can be detrimental to recovery. Nobody goes through anything completely alone. There are always people out there who have been where you are or are there now, right alongside you. Connect with these individuals through a local support group. These fellow stroke survivors can help you better understand your recovery process and help you to preserve hope.
Maintain a Steady Routine.
Repetitive exercises are fundamental aspects of stroke recovery as they aid in rebuilding neural connections. The hardest part of rehabilitation is starting rehabilitation. Once you have a steady groove, it is easy to stick to a consistent schedule. Having a stable, well-rounded routine can even help build motivation over time.
The road to recovery after a stroke is full of uncertainty. It is natural to feel unsure of one’s future, but one thing is essential to remember: positivity aids in stroke recovery. Maintaining a positive outlook can support the recovery process and help you get back to the life you had before your stroke.
If you know someone who has suffered a recent ischemic stroke, know that there is hope for further recovery. CBC Health offers a regenerative treatment designed to heal the brain and aid in cell replacement. Call today to learn more.