To find spiritual healing after stroke, you need to approach recovery from the head and the heart.
You have to learn how the brain heals itself after stroke and how to create more happiness so that recovery can flourish.
We’ll cover the brainy stuff first and dig into the feel-good stuff at the end.
Spiritual Healing for Stroke Recovery Starts with the Head
To get your life back after stroke, you need to regain lost skills, which is possible through the phenomenon of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is the neural rewiring that occurs in your brain when you practice a skill. During stroke recovery, you’ll technically be working on ‘old skills,’ but the brain is relearning them like new again.
To make neuroplasticity work, you need to practice the skill you want to relearn, and you need to practice it with massed practice. When you practice a skill over and over, it strengthens the new connections in your brain.
As those connections get stronger and stronger, you continue to get better and better.
We recommend using neuroplasticity in two ways: to heal the brain and boost happiness.
Moving to the Heart
Stroke recovery can take a serious toll on your happiness, and that can set back your progress.
You need to foster a place of love and happiness within yourself first, and then all your efforts will flourish.
The most common struggles impeding happiness during stroke recovery are anger, frustration, and depression.
All of these emotions are heavily influenced by negative self-talk. And if you can untrain that negative self-talk, then you can absolutely, undoubtedly achieve a higher recovery.
You will be able to achieve a full recovery from stroke because you simply think you can.
This concept is very critical to your success because you need to understand exactly how your thoughts are influencing your recovery.
Because if you feel like you’ve hit a plateau after stroke, you haven’t. And the only thing standing in the way of a higher recovery is you and your current thoughts.
And we’re going to show you how to retrain those thoughts to set you up for success.
Boost Your Recovery with Mindfulness – Backed by Science
The tips you’re about to read may not seem like a big deal. They may not seem like the missing piece of the stroke recovery puzzle – but they are.
And they’re backed by science.
So try to keep an open mind as we explain how mindfulness can positively impact your recovery, starting with this short example.
Consider for a moment which of these situations would make you happiest:
- Doing hand therapy while focusing only on your hand therapy
- Doing hand therapy while thinking about traveling in Paris
- Traveling in Paris while thinking about hand therapy
- Traveling in Paris while focusing on on traveling in Paris
Believe it or not, science actually says that situation #1 and #4 lead to the most happiness.
Yes. It’s a scientific fact that we’re happiest when thought and action are aligned. Unfortunately, we spend about half our time thinking about things completely unrelated to what we’re doing, and it’s draining our happiness.
The moral of the story: Whatever you’re doing, be all there.
Presence is key, and here’s how it can help stroke recovery:
Spiritual Healing Through the Present Moment
During stroke recovery, it’s hard to be present. You might be in a very difficult place and just want out.
It’s likely that your thoughts are absorbed in the past or the future. You could be reminiscing on how great life was before your stroke, or you could be yearning for the future when you’re finally recovered.
Both of these thoughts are not rooted in what you’re doing. They’re rooted somewhere else. And that’s exactly what leads to unhappiness and failure.
But sometimes it’s not your intention to have a wandering mind. Sometimes wandering minds are the result of years of mental training.
Since a very young age, it’s likely that you allowed your mind to wander. You’ve been doing this repeatedly for years – and it’s trained your brain to, well, wander. Because that’s how neuroplasticity works.
Luckily you can use neuroplasticity and repetition to untrain your mind from wandering through meditation.
Meditate for a Higher Recovery
Sometimes, when a solution is simple, we feel like it couldn’t possibly have a meaningful impact on recovery – not when everything else has required hard, grueling work.
We hear that. But the science makes a pretty strong argument on this one. Meditation is proven to help:
- Reduce depression, tiredness, and fatigue
- Grow the grey matter of your brain
- Improve balance, attention, and emotion regulation
It’s quite a list, isn’t it?
And you can experience all those benefits – and increased happiness – by starting a daily meditation habit.
Meditation involves compassionately focusing your mind on the present moment.
This will help train your brain to focus on the present moment throughout your day, which will boost your happiness.
Healing & Happiness the Book
If you want a deep-dive into spiritual healing after stroke, then you’ll love our book Healing & Happiness After Stroke – How to Get Back Up After Life Turned Upside-Down.
It’s a science-based approach on how to boost self-esteem, happiness, and recovery. Since you’re reading this article, we know you’ll love the book.