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Tips for reducing stress during your recovery

    • Take your recovery one day at a time. Be hopeful for a successful recovery.
    • Create a regular routine or write lists of what needs to be done to help plan and organize your day.
    • Appreciate each small gain. Your emotions and ability to do things may vary from day-to-day because of fatigue. You may need to learn how to do things in different ways or try new ways of doing tasks, talking, speaking and organizing your social life.
    • Expect that members of your care circle will improve their skills and knowledge. They are learning right along with you.
    • Plan for breaks so you and members of your care circle are not together all the time. Time apart is important for both you and these individuals. Try to do activities that get you both out of the house.
    • Ask family members and friends to help.
    • Try relaxation, massage or meditation to cope with your stress.
    • Join a support group.

    Be patient with and kind to others. You may feel irritated or upset some times, but do not blame anyone. Do not take your frustrations out on others. Talk with a family member, friend, professional or support group about your feelings.

    • Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
      Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
      First published: 02/01/2007
      Last reviewed: 05/01/2018