Encompass Health has partnered with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to provide valuable information on adjusting to life after stroke. During stroke recovery, and beyond, it is important to recognize that your everyday tasks may be difficult and will likely take longer to accomplish. While it can be challenging, don’t be discouraged.
There are several helpful tips for organizing your day and tackling routine chores. For instance, make a list of what you want to accomplish each week and schedule the most strenuous tasks for times when you have the most energy. To avoid feeling overwhelmed:
- Make a grocery list and do online shopping with home delivery.
- Prep meals ahead of time. Chop and peel veggies, trim meats, and mix ingredients to lessen the work at mealtime.
- Tackle big jobs like laundry in stages. Do a single load daily or fold clothes one day and put them away the next day.
- Make your home a safe, functional space. Pick up clutter around the house and assign each item a specific spot so you can find things quickly when needed.
Aim to do some gentle exercises each day if your doctor has cleared you to do so. If you have a home rehabilitation exercise routine, include time for this in your schedule. Prepare for the day by getting plenty of sleep and be sure to pay attention to your body. Plan frequent rest breaks, so you aren’t tempted to overdo and don’t forget to include some fun activities to boost your mood.
Recovering from a stroke is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed. Remember, your health is the most important factor and any chore you aren’t up to completing can always be rescheduled for another day.