Recovering from stroke can seem frightening, overwhelming, and often frustrating. But don’t let the negative thoughts trick you into thinking that progress isn’t possible! Most people will recover from stroke to some extent, says Daniel Lackland, MD, from the National Stroke Association. The key to maximizing your recovery, however, lies in being prepared and optimistic. See what we mean in these 4 tips to help you on your journey. Remember, you’ve got this!
1. Set Goals
Before you begin anything, you need to set your eyes on the prize! A clever method for goal-setting is the S.M.A.R.T. method:
Specific – State exactly what you want to achieve. Use the 4 W’s: Who, what, when, and where?
Measurable – You want to be able to see how far you’ve come! Make sure that your goals are measurable so that you can keep track of your progress.
Achievable – When we get excited about something, we often want to go all-in. But this can lead to burnout. Make sure that your goal is reasonable and within your ability – balance is key!
Relevant – Make your goals with an objective in mind. Sometimes we get excited about other things, which can be good, but it usually ends up wasting our time and energy that can otherwise be spent towards getting closer to your goal.
Time-bound – Set deadlines for yourself. Having a date in mind is highly motivating and helps keep us working toward our goal in a timely manner.
2. Before Insurance Ends, Squeeze Every Last Drop!
When you begin recovery, make an effort to learn about every single one of your options. Find out how many sessions your plan covers for each kind of therapy. Then, if a treatment plan ends up going beyond those limits you can ask your therapist or physician to call your insurance company on your behalf to extend coverage. Maximize your coverage before you have to start paying out of your own pocket.
3. Don’t let the end of insurance be the end of recovery
Many physicians prescribe an amount of therapy that lies within the boundaries of insurance coverage because they know how expensive rehabilitation can get. Your recovery is worth any price, so talk to them about a treatment plan that targets your needs, not your insurance coverage.
4. Keep a positive attitude and SMILE
Have you ever had cascading thoughts? Where you think that once you get this one thing then you’ll be able to get that other thing? Well stop right there! Cascading thoughts are a drain on our happiness and a setback to your recovery. If we keep thinking we’ll be happy once this one thing is done, we’ll end up prolonging our happiness no matter what we accomplish.
Happiness is both the precursor to success and the result of it.
So stop putting off your happiness. Try smiling. No really, try smiling right now. It releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Even just faking a smile can help… Which will probably turn into a real smile. 🙂
Now that we’ve got you grinning at your screen, remember to use these 4 tips to accelerate your recovery so that you can feel good about your journey.