Someone recently asked us how to recover from stroke quickly, and the answer includes some good news and some not-as-good news.
The not-as-good news is that there are no quick-fixes or magic pills that can make stroke recovery happen overnight. But the good news is that there are certain techniques that can speed up the process.
These tips won’t work unless you put serious effort into applying them. You need to dedicate yourself 100% and really stick with it.
For this reason, we included essential habits for each tip to help you stick to your intentions and recover from stroke faster.
Are you up to the challenge?
Boost Recovery in 2 Minutes a Day
Use your down time to your advantage by developing a daily mediation practice – it can seriously boost your recovery (and we mean seriously).
Meditation is proven to:
- Reduce depression, tiredness, and fatigue
- Improve attention, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility
- Grow your brain and improve information processing
All from sitting and doing nothing 🙂
Essential habit: Meditate for at least 2 minutes every day.
Don’t Waste Time with Inconsistency
Random rehab is insufficient rehab.
Neuroplasticity will help you get your life back, and repetition is what makes neuroplasticity possible. For this reason, inconsistent rehab won’t lead to good results because the necessary repetition isn’t there.
In order to recover fully and quickly, you need to have a really consistent schedule because it’s what your brain wants.
Essential habit: Do your rehab exercises on specific days at a specific times so that it becomes routine.
A Fast Recovery Needs Outcome-Oriented Goals
Goals are essential because they work! They keep us motivated and driven to take action.
The key is to write down your desired outcome from each goal so that you can clearly see why you should take action. So right now, get out a sheet of paper and write down these things:
- Three or more concrete goals and deadlines to achieve them by
- The cost of not taking action (what pain will result from procrastination?)
- The desired benefit/outcome (what pleasure will result from taking action?)
When you can clearly see the outcome of your action or inaction, it will motivate you to start working on them.
Essential habit: Post your goals and outcomes on the bathroom mirror and read them every day.
Eat for Your Brain, Eat for Speed
What does food have to do with a speedy recovery?
The more nutrients you have, the more energy your body and brain have to heal. The best way to get your nutrients is through good food first and supplements second (if at all).
Essential habit: Make sure that you have healthy groceries and prepared foods in the house at all times.
Get Sleep or Risk Going Backwards
Our article on sleep after stroke is our most popular article by far, which is very interesting.
Are you surprised by the amount of sleep that you need after stroke? If you are, don’t worry. The desire to sleep a lot after stroke is perfectly normal and healthy!
Sleep helps improve movement recovery after stroke by turning the short-term memories from the day’s rehab exercises into long-term memories. In other words, the more you sleep the more opportunity your brain has to heal and recover.
If you fail to give your body the rest it needs, then your progress can go backward and prolong your recovery.
Essential habit: Sleep at least 7 hours a night, and more when you need it!
Progress Faster by Questioning Everything
To continuously progress in your recovery without wasting time, you should constantly question your compensation techniques.
What are compensation techniques?
They’re the creative methods you use to adapt to your deficits by doing things differently. For example, a Kindle is a compensation technique for reading a book, one-handed cooking compensates for both hands, and a cane compensates for impaired balance.
Please note that compensation techniques are not bad. In fact, sometimes they’re absolutely necessary! However, some survivors can afford to grow past their compensation techniques after a certain point.
How do you know if you can grow past them? By questioning your creative problem solving.
Always ask yourself:
- Is this a shortcut?
- Can I ditch the shortcut?
- Is there another skill that I can work on that will eventually help me move past this shortcut?
Sometimes the answer is no, but more often the answer is yes.
As you continuously push your edge and see how far you can take things, you’ll progress closer and closer towards a full recovery.
Essential habit: Journal about your progress at least once a week so that you can see how far you’ve come and remain curious about how far you can go.
Speedy Hand Recovery
If you hadn’t noticed yet, hand therapy is our specialty.
Specifically, speedy hand therapy.
Our device, MusicGlove, is clinically proven to improve hand function in just 2 weeks.
(That’s pretty speedy.)