How to Be Happy during Stroke Recovery

How to Be Happy during Stroke Recovery

Learning how to be happy during stroke recovery is a matter of the mind. While your brain might seem like your greatest obstacle, we’re going turn it into your gateway to happiness.

Here’s how to do it:

By turning your brain’s ‘doing mode’ OFF.

Meet Your Brain’s ‘Doing Mode’ – The Antagonist of Happiness

During stroke recovery, you’re presented with a bunch of new problems to solve – and sometimes they feel endless.

You could be frustrated with your rehab exercises or you might feel completely lost with your stroke recovery as a whole. But no matter what problem you’re facing, your brain is hard at work trying to help you fix it.

Despite its good intentions, sometimes this mechanism creates unhappiness in your life. Here’s why:

You’re in an unhappy place (Point A) and you want to be in a better place (Point B). Your brain recognizes this problem and starts trying to bridge the gap.

This activates your ‘doing mode,’ and in the process of trying to find a solution, you become fixated on your problem.

And that’s exactly the problem.

Find Happiness by Letting Go of Doing

When we become fixated on a problem, it makes us even more unhappy.

We become absorbed by the frustrating process of trying to get to Point B and continuously think, “If I can make it past this one last obstacle then I’ll be free.”

But the hard truth is that the obstacles will never end. You’ll get past one and move on to the next because your brain is constantly trying to bridge that never-ending gap.

But this fixation on getting to Point B is the thing that’s making you unhappy.

So how can we end the fixation?

How to End the Downward Spiral Once and For All

You can create happiness through (*drumroll*) the simple act of meditation. 

We know, we know, it sounds way too simple to produce meaningful results. But if you try it, you’ll see just how powerful it can be.

The key here is that meditation turns off your doing mode.

And when your doing mode is off, you can successfully create space between you and your problems. Meditation allows you to detach from the never-ending obstacles and find room to just breathe.

Then when the negative internal chatter stops, happiness has room to exist.

The Solution Is Simple – But Not Always Easy

Meditation is a simple solution for creating happiness, but it’s not always easy. If you’ve ever tried to meditate, then you know how hard it can be to silence the internal dialogue.

But just keep at it. The more you practice, the happier you will be.

To get started, here’s a simple guide on how to meditate. Pay extra attention to the the last paragraph for some useful tips.

The Exception

When doing, use your doing mode. When not doing, turn it off.

As you actively pursue your stroke recovery, you’ll want to use your doing mode to your advantage. For example, during your rehab exercises you’ll want to focus on getting to Point B because that’s where your results are.

But when you’re done exercising, don’t think about the things you wish you could do better or how much farther you have to go. Instead, turn your doing mode off and allow happiness to manifest.

What do you think of this approach to finding happiness? 

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