The first few months after a stroke are about taking care of yourself, eating the right foods, and staying active. You can also help your recovery by working with a speech therapist and getting plenty of rest. Recovering from stroke is different for everyone; some people need more time than others to recover. But there are ways to speed up the process as much as possible!
Return to a normal sleep pattern.
The importance of sleep for recovery cannot be overstated. It’s during the night that your body is able to repair and regenerate itself.
Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging, especially if you are experiencing pain or other side effects from stroke. You may need to experiment with different sleeping positions or pillows until you find something that works for you.
If it takes more than 30 minutes for you to fall asleep, try taking a warm bath before bedtime, dimming the lights, reading an article from this guide (if it doesn’t put you off) and setting an alarm that goes off in 30 minutes so you can get up and go back to bed again if necessary; eventually your brain will learn what triggers its natural sleep timer and this will help bring on faster falling asleep at night time
Drink lots of water and eat lots of water-dense foods.
Drinking lots of water is one of the most important things you can do to help your body recover. Water helps flush out toxins, which can build up in your system after a stroke.
A good way to get used to drinking more water is to keep a glass next to your bed and drink it before you even get up in the morning. If this sounds like too much effort for you, try setting an alarm for 5 minutes earlier than usual and having a glass of cold water ready at that time every day until it becomes habit. You could also make it into a game with other people so that everyone’s doing it at the same time – this will help them get used to drinking more water as well!
A good rule of thumb is: if something looks like food (like tomatoes or celery) but has no taste or texture whatsoever when eaten, then it’s probably good for you! This means that soups are great sources of hydration since they contain both fluid and fiber due to their thick consistency. Other examples include smoothies made from fruit juices instead of sodas; hot soups with lots of vegetables; salad dressings without fat (i’m talking about ranch dressing here); fruits like bananas because they’re sweet without being too sweet; foods such as dried fruit snacks called “trail mix” (they’re packed full!!).
Work with a speech therapist.
Speech therapy can help with:
- Speech problems due to weakness, inability to speak clearly, or trouble understanding speech.
- Swallowing problems, such as difficulty swallowing liquids or foods that are too thick and hard to chew.
- Fatigue and memory problems that may occur after stroke.
- Balance problems that may result from a stroke.
Keep trying to walk every day, even if you need help or use a cane or walker.
You should also try to walk every day. Even if you need help or use a cane or walker, try to walk for at least 20 minutes every day. Try to walk as far as you can, even if it is just around the block. You should also try to walk on different surfaces like grass, carpet and concrete. This will make sure that all of your muscles are getting worked out and not just one type of muscle is working out more than others.
Take your medications on time, as directed.
If you’re taking blood thinners or antiplatelet medications, it’s important to take them as directed. These medications can help reduce the risk of death, disability, and another stroke.
If you have trouble swallowing pills due to weakness in your mouth or throat muscles, ask your doctor if there are other ways for you to take your medication. You may be able to open a capsule and mix the contents with food or liquid.
Have patience because everyone is different.
Stroke recovery is a very individual process. Some people recover quickly and others take longer. You should not compare yourself to others, as everyone’s body responds in its own way. It’s important to be patient and not get discouraged, because it takes time for your brain and body to heal from stroke damage. You will eventually be able to return to your normal activities, but it may take some time.
Being patient and caring for yourself can help your stroke recovery process go more smoothly
Recovery is a process, not a destination. You can’t rush it and you will have good days and bad days. Your brain will be working hard to rewire itself in order to regain function. Your body will get used to the new way of doing things as well, so there may be some initial pains or discomfort as you learn how to use your limbs again after stroke.
Patience is key during this time period as well; don’t expect yourself or others around you (including medical professionals) to be perfect at getting everything right just yet! It’s okay if someone forgets something or doesn’t do something correctly on accident once in awhile; don’t let this get under your skin too much because it’s all part of the learning curve when recovering from a stroke. If something does bother you though (e.g., someone gives up trying after one attempt), consider asking them politely if they could please try again before letting frustration build up inside yourself too much–that’ll make everyone happier overall!
We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of how to recover from a stroke. In the end, it’s important to remember that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. So if you have any questions or concerns, please ask your doctor!