Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the importance of routines and what to consider when settling them up. Also we will discuss accountability.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... today I want to talk about daily routines. It’s something that we had before our stroke and then again in the hospital or rehab facility. We don’t often give it the weight or importance that it demands or needs. Our abilities and strengths have suffered with the stroke and we do not always think through (or can not think through) the new needs and categories or importance of things.
I tend to see one of two scenarios post stroke in most people...
Prayerfully you fall in between the two but let’s look at needs versus wants here...
That takes time and effort. If I could (like Thanos in the Avengers) snap my fingers and get what I wanted... everyone would be instantly healed. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way... every stroke is unique although similar in many aspects so although I can give you broad general ideas for things ... it’s hard to assess each individual... I have not met with to provide specifics. For those who have been or are considering a session with TCM Restoration, then I will learn a great deal about you and can give good suggestions for your situation.
Most stroke survivors need a checklist or chart to follow so what I lay out here verbally I will link to the transcript in the show notes that you can find a list there online at stroke.global.
www.stroke.global/tips/routine-chartYou’ll find most stroke survivors have more energy in the morning so when establishing a routine it’s important to consider that and use your time effectively. You should count on establishing a schedule and routine from 7am to 7pm and have a regular “bedtime” and sleep routine. For those that still work outside the home after a stroke make certain that you add down time and relief time. Try not to get yourself in the same situation that could cause another stroke. For those that don’t ...due to age or disabilities you still need routine to provide motivation in your life. I must admit I could never just sit and take up space or kill time... it’s not my nature. The easiest way to assess your time is to jot down what you currently do daily and then get the “routine file” I have for you online at stroke.global in the tips area. An established routine will help your attitude and outlook and give you mile markers as you accomplish things. Because things tend to come about slower we don’t always see what we’ve done or how far we’ve come... and we need to!
Well... we’ve reached that time again...Thanks so much for joining me as we learned about the reasons to have a routine and why... Remember to visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us Monday! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes and Google Play and have links to both on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us in being able to continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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