During stroke recovery, there are many appointments to keep track of, and when you add your at-home exercise regimen on top of that, it can become difficult to stay on top of everything.
That’s why having a stroke recovery calendar is incredibly beneficial.
How to Keep a Stroke Recovery Calendar
Keeping a stroke recovery calendar is simple. You will need 8 columns – one for each day of the week plus one for tasks. Then, you will need a unique number of rows to keep track of all your appointments and exercises.
Someone who has many physical therapy appointments, Botox injections, and at-home exercises to accomplish will need many rows; whereas someone farther along in her recovery will need less.
Most likely, you will need to play around with your calendar until you find something that is efficient for you and your unique journey. And if you don’t have the ability to write yet, then ask a caregiver to help you make one.
Here’s a simple example:
Your stroke recovery calendar is like your ‘hub’ for exactly what you need to do on your road to recovery. Here are 5 reasons why you should start one today:
5. A Stroke Recovery Calendar Reduces Stress
Trying to remember everything is stressful.
What if you forget? How many sets did you do last time? What if you don’t remember to ask Cousin Betty for a ride and you miss rehab again?
All of these questions that can flood your mind with anxiety can all be solved by writing things down and planning ahead of time.
4. It Feels Great
As the days go by, there are many small accomplishments that take place. The ‘simple’ act of finishing a whole week of rehab exercises is not something that should be glossed over.
Yet, when we don’t have our exercises written down, it’s hard to celebrate what we’ve accomplished because there’s nothing to show.
In your stroke recovery calendar, be sure to write down everything you need to be doing on your road to recovery. Then, put a big, fat check mark next to all the tasks you complete.
Watching and recording your progress is both rewarding and motivating.
3. It Reminds You of How Awesome You Are
As you progress through your recovery, you will become better and stronger at specific things.
When you write all of your gains down in one place, you can watch yourself grow – and it’s very motivating!
2. It Helps You Achieve Your Goals
If you tell yourself today that you’ll do all your core exercises tomorrow, there’s nothing holding you accountable to your goal.
But when you write down these core exercises in your calendar and you look at that calendar every morning, there’s a sense of accountability that will serve you very well.
1. It Speeds Recovery Along
There’s a very simple way to maximize your performance in every area of your life – including stroke recovery – and it’s this: Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
By recording all of your progress in your stroke recovery calendar, you can get a clear view of what’s working well for you and what isn’t.
From there, you can adapt your rehab regimen to capitalize on your strengths – without neglecting your weaknesses, of course. And you should see results faster this way.
For example, let’s say that you’re doing both side leg raises and knee to chest exercises for your core. But looking back at your progress, you notice that knee to chest exercises help you much more than those leg raises.
Using this knowledge, you can do more of the knee to chest exercises, which improve your mobility the fastest, and it will speed your progress along!