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A stroke is a medical event that happens fast. After a trying recovery period, it is time to put the pieces of your life back together. Depending on the severity of the stroke, you may find that you may need to put a lot of effort in getting your limbs working again. It should however not be a daunting task if you are ready to put in the effort and time. You may need assistance to start with but gradually, you may regain some of your independence.
Before you begin, just remember your body has been through a lot and it is okay for things to seem hard at the beginning. Enlist the help of a professional therapist who will help you overcome any challenges you may face as you begin. However, you should remember that strokerecovery is not just the physical part. A lot goes into this process and knowing this makes all the difference in your recovery efforts.
The attitude you have towards your recovery will determine the kind of results you get. Waking up to find yourself bedridden or unable to use your limbs can be very frustrating and cause you to panic. You should use a positive can-do attitude to help boost your recovery efforts. You will find that in no time, you will be able to overcome your fears and any crippling thoughts. These cloud your ability to see the possibility of making a quick recovery.
Face the negative feelings
Even on a good day, negative thoughts may sneak into your mind. Remember, healing will start with your thoughts. Face the negative thoughts and find ways to push them out of your head. You can read an uplifting book or listen to some upbeat song. Always have the final goal you want to achieve at the forefront of your mind, even if it is just wanting to walk again without any aid.
A stroke really affects your brain. You need to rewire it through constant exercise. You should get expert help that will see you do the right exercises to enable the brain to remember how to do things. Repetitive hand exercises with the help of stress balls will help your brain remember how you used to use your hand. Such exercises also help to strengthen the muscles of your hands that may have atrophied due to days of non-use.
Get enough rest
Sleep is another way that you can use to recover after a stroke. It helps your brain to rest and absorb all the things you learnt that day. Sleep also helps in reduction of stress, which can compound the recovery period. Get the right hours of sleep at night and take naps during the day.
Nutrition helps in providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function right. Go for whole foods and avoid processed packaged food. Also, fill your plate with vegetables and fruits. This will give you the required micro nutrients that will help your body build muscles.
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