Messages to others about stroke

We asked the people we interviewed what advice they would give to other people who have had a stroke. Here is what they said.

Your recovery

Many people talked about the importance of determination, perseverance, and patience in both physical and mental aspects of recovery. On the physical side, keeping up with physiotherapy and doing exercises on one's own were emphasised. At the same time, it was suggested that it is important to recognise personal limitations by balancing activity and exercise with rest. On the mental side, positive thinking, and goal setting were thought be to be helpful during the recovery process.

Being realistic

The importance of setting reasonable goals and making the best of the situation was emphasised.

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Individuals suggested that is helpful to get in touch with other people who have had a stroke such as through a support group. Individuals felt that it was important and helpful to communicate with other people who have had the same problem.  Being proactive by seeking help and care in the community was encouraged.

Approach to life

Many individuals talked about the importance of self-efficacy (believing in yourself), accepting the condition but also being determined to improve and get stronger. Having a positive outlook as much as possible was encouraged.

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Developing new interests and keeping in contact with friends was encouraged.

Don't lose hope, build up strength, take an interest in life.

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Last reviewed June 2017.
Last updated August 2011


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