February 22nd, 2017
Regaining energy after having a stroke is not only important, it is critical to moving on in life.
We must decide for ourselves to create more, do more, and be more.
Life can be exciting again!
Let’s enjoy our journey!!
Here are a few things to do to increase your energy after having a stroke.
After having a stroke, I know that being attuned to staying active is crucial to our continued recovery.
Activity can bring benefits to you and can help you to be more independent.
Taking action isn’t just about going to the gym and putting in minutes to work out. Although it is a great discipline to have, doing anything that gets your heart rate up and motivates you to be active is the key to unlocking some energy.
Here are a few ideas on being active:
o Mowing the lawn
o Playing with Nintendo Wii or a similar program
o Walking the dog
o Cleaning the Garage
o Snow Skiing
o Physical Therapy
o Martial Arts
o Swimming and/or Water Therapy
Do some research if you need, but get the job done!
One thing that can make a big difference is finding a work-out partner. This can make the difference of going or not going. Of doing it or not doing it. There is something to be said for having accountability.
No matter what activity, it is important that you get a habit formed of doing something each day, or as close to it as possible.
Ask yourself “What Action/Exercise Can I Commit To”?
What is your motivation?
It is important that you discover what can help you to take action each day. Honestly, it is much easier to set some goals, and say we will get them done, than it is to actually do the work.
There are many different levels of motivation –
o Regaining activity in a certain area of your body
o Getting back to work
o Having enough energy to play with your kids/grandkids
o Improving your personal mood
o Reducing your blood pressure
o Being the provider for your family
o Enjoying time with friends
o Making enough money to support yourself
o Your health
Finding the right motivator
Although all of these items can be a motivation for you, finding the right stimulus that will get you to take action is the key. Here are a few questions to get you thinking…
- What are your true values? One of the biggest keys is to define your True Values.
- What would make you happy? We sometimes do things because we think that is what we should do, or others tell us that’s what to do. Think about what would really make you happy and focus on that.
- Why would this make you happy? This seems ridiculous doesn’t it? But, have you answered the question? WHY?! Think about it.
Put it on your calendar and take action!
Once you start the process, it will get easier and easier to continue. As you get some things done, it will feed on itself.
What is your motivation? ________________________________________________________________________________________
Put it on your calendar and take action. ________________________________________________________________________________________
Staying consistent at work is one thing. You have many others who are counting on you to perform. We have been trained to do it.
But, staying consistent with our own goals, whether that is physical or mental, can be tough.
Being reliable is an essential part of succeeding. It is a key ingredient to achieving your desires.
This isn’t to say you need to be perfect! We all have times when we miss a deadline, or slip up. But putting consistency in place will help you regain your momentum faster while moving forward on your goals.
Go to work on upping your average; one step at a time.
Set yourself up for regular, reliable action each day/week/month to gain on your goals.
Change your behavior – change your life!
“80% of success in life is just showing up” Woody Allen
What are your priorities this year?
Do you believe they are attainable?
Set up some successful behaviors that will confirm you can do it.
Create a habit of something that is do-able. Too big a goal is a way to set yourself up for failure.
Most great change happens over time. It is the small steps, taken consistently, that make the biggest results.
Track Your Progress
If you aren’t measuring your activity, then how will you know?
A lot of times we think we are doing more than we really are. By actually tracking our goals, we will know that we are making progress.
You can create your own method of doing this, or you can find an online tool.
Find something that you can look at each day, and create the habit.
Set yourself up to win!