How to Overcome Fear during Stroke Recovery

How to Overcome Fear during Stroke Recovery

Fear. We all feel it. Some of us just choose to be affected differently by it.

When fear creeps up, do we surrender and stop what we’re doing? Or do we see it and keep going?

How is fear hindering your stroke recovery?

Why You Don’t Even Know that Fear Is Holding You Back

There’s one thing our mind is really good at doing: naming things. We put a label on everything, even our emotions.

Sometimes we call it depression other times we call it anxiety. But at the end of every day, it’s really just fear.

You’re scared, and it’s completely understandable! We all have things we’re afraid of.

We’re afraid of failing, of being a burden to others, of making fools of ourselves.

But you have a greater task ahead of you than most: recovering from a stroke.

It’s new, it’s different, and it’s BIG. So naturally it scares us.

This insight is powerful though.

It means that if we can overcome fear, we can overcome all the obstacles standing in the way of your recovery.

You’re very familiar with these obstacles.

They take the form of the rehab exercises you’re unmotivated to do and the meals you can’t cook for yourself one-handedly yet or enjoy for fear of choking.

These struggles are challenging, and they’re the reason why stroke survivors become the strongest of us all.

Now, imagine how much stronger you could be if you mentally trained yourself to overcome fear.

That’s what we’re going to teach you today.

How to Eradicate Fear Using the Power of Neuroscience

We wrote a powerful article recently about how you can boost your stroke recovery in just 30 seconds a day.

In the article, we discussed a concept known as mind sculpture, and it’s how you can train your brain to overcome fear.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Pick a small task that scares you. And you have to make sure that it’s small. Big tasks trigger our fight-or-flight response and make our brain resist taking action.

But when you pick small tasks, your brain senses no fear and will start trying to bridge that gap and get you to where you want to be.

For example, your one small task could be exercising for just 5 minutes a day to regain your balance after stroke.

Step 2: Spend 30 seconds a day visualizing yourself doing this small task. Use as much vivid detail as you can in your visualization. The richer the detail, the better.

Then do this quick visualization every day. (Remember, your brain loves repetition.)

This exercise will mentally train you to accomplish your goal, and then all you have to do is follow through.

And if you visualize consistently enough, your actions will happen naturally.

How to Achieve Your BEST Recovery Starting Now

With mind sculpture, you can mentally train yourself to start doing the things that scare you.

You can develop a capable mindset that will serve as a launching pad for all your stroke recovery efforts.

If you’ve settled for a partial recovery, then we urge you to start visualizing a better future for yourself.

Start small, but never settle.

Tackle each challenge one little step at a time, and soon you’ll gain momentum.

And once you gain momentum, a full recovery from stroke is truly within reach.

PS. Chapter 7 in our book Healing & Happiness After Stroke shows you how to overcome fear in greater detail. (Plus is has tons more awesome advice!)