7 Steps To Recovery 2017-11-29T11:07:24+00:00

7 Steps to Stroke Recovery

Did you know that you can “train your brain” to meet your needs after stroke? It’s true. Research has shown that the brain can actually reorganize and adapt in response to injury.

It’s called neuroplasticity and you can

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Better still, you can follow these seven steps to help it along. No matter where you’re at in your recovery, each of these steps can help. What’s more, you can prioritize and customize them through every stage of your progress.

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Step 1 | Exercise and Mobility

Walk, bike, garden – even dust. Physical activity can trigger changes in the brain that make up for lost function. Be consistent too so that it turns into a habit. It’s better to do an activity once a day for a short period rather than a long block of activity once a week.

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Step 2 | Communication and Language

Write down key words, draw pictures, point and make faces to communicate. Don’t rush or pretend to understand, either. Be patient with yourself. It’ll get better.

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Step 3 | Social Interaction

Enjoy family, friends and favourite activities, take up new interests and reclaim your social life! Connecting with people and passions provides a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Step 4 | Thinking, Memory and Perception

If you have trouble thinking, understanding and remembering then stick to a routine and keep activities simple. Also, take notes and use a calendar to jog your memory. Little tactics like these can help you cope, as well as improve.

Step 5 | Support

A stroke can cause anxiety, hesitation, even mood changes. So get help from family and friends. Ask for what you need. Share your frustrations. Don’t shut people out. You can also attend stroke support groups and recovery programs. Other survivors can relate to what you’re going through. They can provide practical help, validation and hope.

Step 6 | Healthy Lifestyle

Improve your chances of recovery with healthy habits. Lose weight, cut down on cholesterol, quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake. Limit your caffeine intake too. Little changes go a long way toward recovery.

Step 7 | Navigating the System

Get to know key organizations and resources. Check out facilities and programs that can help as you evolve. Learn how to use public transportation. Adjust your home. The more you do to make your life easier, the more energy you’ll have to work on areas that train the brain.

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