For those who just jumped in, the other stroke recovery tips in this series are:
We wrote a whole section just on mindset because it matters. You need to have your head in the game, physically and psychologically.
Use these tips to develop a strong mindset during stroke recovery.
10. Make the Mental Switch
You really, really need to set goals during stroke recovery.
It helps create vision and necessary momentum to get things done. When we choose a specific goal and set a deadline to achieve it by, something switches in our mind – in the best way.
It puts wind in our sails, so to speak.
All you need to do is print out a couple monthly calendars and write down 3 goals that you’d like to achieve in the next 2, 4, and 6 weeks. Make them very clear and reasonable. Then, look at this calendar every morning to stay accountable and motivated.
11. Adopt a Growth Mindset
There are 2 types of mindsets: fixed and growth. Those with a growth mindset will naturally go farther in their stroke recovery – and in life.
The good news is that you can develop a growth mindset by simply following these steps to create permanent, lasting motivation.
12. Better Attitude, Better Recovery
After surviving a fall from the roof of her apartment building, TBI survivor Nicole Marquez was left immobilized in her hospital bed, and her dreams of becoming a professional dancer were crushed.
But that didn’t stop her. Nicole pushed through her recovery and ended up regaining way more movement than expected.
The difference was all in her attitude.
Nicole refused to be a victim to her circumstances and chose to focus on the silver lining. Read her inspirational story here.
13. Use the 1% Motivation Method
The all-or-nothing approach doesn’t work with stroke recovery. If you feel burnt out, then take a step back and breathe. You don’t need to win the war today. You only need to win the battle.
Instead of trying to get as much done as possible, just focus on 1% improvement every day. This will help prevent burnout and accumulate real results in the end.
14. Avoid the Nasty Nocebo Effect
The nocebo effect is nasty. It takes someone’s negative words and imposes their limiting beliefs onto us.
This happens in stroke recovery when a medical professional tells you about the limitations of your recovery. Perhaps they told you that you’ll never be able to walk without a cane ever again.
Limiting statements like that have a nocebo effect on your mind, and because of them you might not even try to regain full mobility because you believe in those limitations.
For this reason it’s absolutely essential to think for yourself and constantly remain curious about the potential of your recovery. Nothing is set in stone. You’re writing your own story.
Here’s a powerful story of a woman who rejected the nocebo effect and regained movement in her husband’s paralyzed hand when the doctors said there was no hope.
15. Believe in a Full Recovery
So take the nocebo effect and crumple it up into a ball. Now, throw it far, far away from your mind. Throw it so far away that you can’t even see it anymore.
Now get out a new sheet of paper, either in your mind or in reality, and write this down: I believe in a full recovery. I can achieve a full recovery. I will achieve a full recovery.
As you do this, you’re reprogramming your mind. Then once you truly, sincerely believe that it’s possible, you’ll get so much farther in your recovery.
16. Read Motivational Quotes
Motivational quotes are little life lessons boiled down into a sentence or two, making them powerful sources of motivation when we need it most.
17. Put Success on Your Nametag
Our psyche is designed to act in alignment with our values and sense of identity.
If you identify yourself as a carefree, loving, forgetful person, then your actions will reflect that – for good and for bad. This means that if you choose to identify yourself with other qualities, then your actions will reflect that too.
What do you want written on your nametag?
Hardworking? Studious? Disciplined? The one who beat all odds?
Whatever it is, become identified with it and you’ll be naturally more inclined to take actions that reflects it.