After stroke, there are 2 types of healing that need to occur: physical healing and emotional healing.
For physical healing, you have a team of doctors and therapists behind you making sure that you’re headed safely down the road to recovery.
But for emotional healing… that’s all you. Unless you’re lucky enough to be working with a psychotherapist, there is lots of emotional healing that you need to sort through.
And you’re not alone. We’re here to carve the path to emotional healing so that you know the exact steps you need to thrive.
Your healing starts with these 3 steps.
1. Make Time, Make Space
Daily meditation has been proven to:
- Reduce depression, tiredness, and fatigue
- Improve attention, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility
- Grow your brain and improve information processing
So, you need to start meditating yesterday.
However, setting an intention to meditate is much, much different that actually sitting down and doing it, which is a beast within itself.
To help get the ball rolling, make it a date. Set a specific time that you’ll sit down to meditate, and then do it! Program an alarm on your phone if you have to.
As long as you find some way of holding yourself accountable to your intention to meditate, it will help make it happen.
2. Search for the Silver Lining
Sometimes it’s hard to see the good in a situation, especially when that situation is full of the frustrations of stroke recovery.
But even when it seems like there isn’t an ounce of positivity around, there’s always something there. Perhaps it’s the sunshine on your cheeks or the sound of your favorite song.
Whatever it is, make a conscious effort to find the silver lining. We know it’s cliche, but it really makes a difference, as you will see in the next step.
3. Retrain Your Brain
Typically, we talk about retraining the brain in regards to movement. However, you can retrain your brain in many different ways – including happiness training.
Our brain naturally has a negative bias, where negativity impacts us more than positivity. To negate that, we want to train ourselves to always see the good in a situation.
To do this, we recommend writing in a gratitude journal every morning so that you set your whole day up for success.
The more you practice searching for gratitude, the better you get at finding it! That’s how neuroplasticity works. We get better at what we repeatedly practice.
4. Read the Emotional Healing Book
This is a bonus step because we’re big on emotional healing, especially since we feel like it’s goes a little overlooked sometimes.
That’s why we wrote Healing & Happiness After Stroke. It’s our stroke recovery book that focuses on emotional healing by addressing topics like mindfulness, self-esteem, and – of course – happiness.
If this article resonated with you, then we know you’ll love our book! You can download the first 3 chapters for free here.