Recovering from a brain injury can be frustrating, to say the least. Often times it’s hard to stay motivated, especially when there’s no one around to keep us accountable. But you are so capable of change! Here are some stroke recovery motivation tips to help keep your momentum going.
1. Be Positive & Patient
When times get tough, this one is definitely easier said than done. Recovering from a brain injury can be a frustrating process, and getting caught up in negative emotions only leads to a sour outlook on life. Instead, always remind yourself to look at the bright side of things and try to make it a habit. Forming positive habits requires patience though, as they take anywhere from 21 – 66 days to become ingrained in our mind. So set your eyes on the prize and…
When you can see something happen, you are much more likely to achieve it. Pick a specific goal and visualize yourself already at the finish line. If your goal is to regain the ability to hold a spoon, try visualizing yourself using a spoon and enjoying the food you’ll be able to eat with it. The more senses you involve, the more vivid and powerful your visualization will be.
So try it! Close your eyes and picture yourself doing those movements and activities you secretly yearn for. We have faith that visualization will truly help you get there! In fact, tons of entrepreneurs are already writing about this phenomenon because it really does work. Start out with just 5 minutes a day and work your way up from there.
3. Make Peace with Discomfort
This one is difficult because it requires us to reverse a habit that we’ve been practicing all our life: choosing comfort over discomfort. No one can blame us really, it’s our primal instinct to do what feels good. But what if we learned to make peace with discomfort? It would make the hard times much less difficult because instead of trying to run away from the situation, we can choose to face it. We can alleviate all the stress, worry, anxiety, and energy spent on getting comfortable again if we just make peace with where we are right now. It’s a tall order, but pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone will allow us to achieve those once seemingly impossible goals.
4. Give Back
When we say give back, we’re not talking about money – we’re talking about your time and compassion. For example, simply listening to your caregiver talk about something that’s on his/her mind can be an act of service – and something he/she might really need. This can help with your recovery because the way you treat others has a huge influence on the way you treat yourself. By helping someone else out, you’ll feel good, they’ll feel good, and you’ll be more inclined to do things for yourself – like those rehabilitation exercises you’ve been putting off. Everybody wins, so try it and see if it works for you.
And with the combined effort of these four tips, you’ll be motivated to do your rehabilitation exercises diligently once again. And when someone notices how happy and optimistic you’ve been, that’s when you know you’re doing it right.